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To: Louie Cheng, Managing Director of Polytrade Recycling

Give Ranjan his job back

We, the undersigned, call on Polytrade Recycling to reinstate Ranjan immediately. The company should work with the Australian Workers Union to ensure all workers at Polytrade have secure and safe jobs with fair pay.

Why is this important?

My name is Ranjan. I’m a 53-year-old asylum seeker from Sri Lanka. I have worked at Polytrade Recycling in Dandenong, Melbourne, since 2017. On 23 July, I was sacked by text message. My supervisor told me that I’m no longer needed. This happened on the day I took sick leave. Two days earlier, I became unconscious at work. I was taken by ambulance and the bill was paid by Polytrade. I had to take sick leave to do further tests on my chest.

When my union representative contacted the human resources manager, the manager claimed that I spoke with a colleague about lodging work cover claim and that’s one of the reasons behind my dismissal.

In 2017, Polytrade received a government grant of over $500,000. Meanwhile I was underpaid by $7 an hour. Only after we joined the Australian Workers Union did Polytrade lift our pay to the required minimum under the Waste Management Award. But I’m still owed tens of thousands of dollars from the underpayments.

I rely on my job to pay my rent, bills, food and support my family back in Sri Lanka. I want my job back. And I want all Polytrade workers to have secure and safe jobs with fair pay.

Please sign this petition.

How it will be delivered



2020-08-09 19:59:36 +1000

50 signatures reached

2020-08-08 09:19:22 +1000

25 signatures reached

2020-08-07 20:39:08 +1000

10 signatures reached