On Friday 31 October 2014, the Fair Work Commission issued a decision rejecting the SSDS application to waive or reduce members’ redundancy pay in the Northern Territory. The company is now required to pay all of its Northern Territory employees full severance pay.
In his decision Commissioner Roe ruled that SSDS's efforts to identify employment opportunities did not meet the level required for a finding that it had obtained jobs for employees.
The Commissioner said:
…ensuring that employees have a fair opportunity to make an application by the deadline and assisting them to make a more effective application does not mean SSDS were a “strong moving force towards the creation of the available opportunity”…
…fundamentally candidates were being selected based on their qualifications, experience and ability…
SSDS's application to waive severance payments in NSW and ACT will be heard on 16-18 November 2014. United Voice officials are working to bring members witnesses in each employment category from all sites to give evidence before the Commission and will continue to defend member's redundancy entitlements.