Former Oakey Abattoir employee Kylie King says losing her job will make supporting her five children, including son Ethan Roberts, a struggle.
Former Oakey Abattoir employee Kylie King says losing her job will make supporting her five children, including son Ethan Roberts, a struggle. Bev Lacey

Partner's Facebook post led to abattoir job loss: claim

TOOWOOMBA mum Kylie King claims a Facebook post made by her partner has cost her job.

Ms King was fired from her role as a computer scales operator at the Oakey Abattoir on Friday, told by management she was deemed unsuitable for the company.

However, Ms King is adamant the reason for her dismissal was because someone had referred management to a Facebook post made by her partner on Tuesday last week.

"He said a lot of the yellow hats (supervisors) need a good punch in the head," Ms King said.

She said her partner also mentioned he was glad Ms King was not a union member and finished with a rude directive for the company.

"It has got nothing to do with me," Ms King said.

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She said she didn't know her partner had made the post until the next day and she didn't like the post or comment on it.

The first she knew of it causing an issue came when she was asked about it on Friday morning.

A meeting in the lunch room that afternoon confirmed her employment fate.

Ms King said she was good at her job, having worked in the role from 2008 until 2012.

She had only resumed the role at the end of January this year, after working in another job and having her fifth child, Ethan.

It meant she was still in her probationary period when fired.

Oakey Abattoir human resources manager Bradley Siddans confirmed Ms King was fired because she was unsuitable for the company.

Mr Siddans said the company did not monitor social media activity of its employees by any deliberate means.

He did not want to comment on Ms King's specific case, but said in a general sense, management tried to protect the company's interests.


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