Payments made to LWR workers – from union funds and public donations

Following cake sales outside Westpac branches, Lane Walker Rudkin workers received their first payment this week since being made redundant, but not from the receivers, the government or Westpac.

Robert Reid, President of the National Distribution Union (NDU) President said that the payments came from union trust funds and public donations.

Redundant workers won’t receive their unemployment benefit until next week. “This is a horrendous week without any income at all for these people.  That is why the union is making payments to workers from its own funds and public donations,” Robert Reid says.

“Westpac are still refusing to meet the union,” said Robert. “They seem to be more concerned at chasing the remainder of the $10 million that they mistakenly gave to an account holder than guaranteeing the holiday and redundancy payments to workers from the companies they have put into receivership.”

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