Worker blows up over his ‘cyclone sacking’
THINGS are starting to curdle in Richard Martin's stomach.
Not only does the Yeppoon man have to worry about cleaning his home, following ex-tropical Cyclone Marcia's carnage on Friday, but he has to deal with how he's going to pay his weekly rent of $400 (plus other personal loans) after he said he was unfairly sacked on Sunday.
He said it was all because he didn't go to work that day after the cyclone hit on Friday.
The rent and those personal loans were only a few items on the ex-milk delivery man's list of liabilities.
As the sole income earner of his household, Richard must try to find a way to bring home bread, butter and the bacon to feed his wife and his four children, who are 12, eight, four and two years old respectively.
Richard claimed his boss, the owner of a Central Queensland milk company, sacked him over the phone on Sunday when he refused to go into work.
Richard delivered milk to businesses across Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast.
He told the Morning Bulletin after the cyclone passed; the last thing on his mind was heading back to work.
On top of that, he didn't have enough fuel in his vehicle to take the hour-long trip (from his Meikleville St home) to Gracemere, where his old work site was based.
However, in a brief statement yesterday, the ex-boss said he offered to pick Richard up from Yeppoon so he could head to work.
"He wasn't in any real danger... the statement Richard made on Facebook is simply not true," the boss said.
Richard, who had been driving for the milk company for three years, said he called and told his boss he didn't have enough fuel to make it.
All gas stations across the Coast were closed because the cyclone had cut power to the region.
"He said to me, no, that's not possible, I need you to do this delivery run immediately," Richard said.
"I exchanged a few words with him, because I couldn't make it, and I wanted to be with my family, and hung up in his ear... he called back and sacked me over the phone.
"He told me my performance wasn't up to standard, but that's not true."
Richard said he spent most of his weekend helping his neighbours, who were worse off as a result of Marcia's impact.
He planned on taking his matter to the Fair Work Commission once he was back on his feet.