A LEGAL stoush between Labor’s preferred candidate for the vulnerable seat of Mayo and his employer, Adelaide shipbuilder ASC, has been settled by agreement.
Last week Glen Dallimore, a shipbuilder and Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union delegate, filed Fair Work Commission action against the shipbuilder.
Mr Dallimore is tipped to receive the ALP nomination to vie for the seat, which takes in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula, against former Liberal frontbencher Jamie Briggs.
However, he claimed he, the union and ASC had reached an impasse over whether he could return to work if his candidacy was unsuccessful.
His case had the support of Mr Briggs, who said he found it “absurd” a person should be prevented for standing for public office.
In a joint statement, drafted by ASC and issued to The Advertiser on Monday, the parties said they had “reached an agreement” should Mr Dallimore “choose to stand” at the election.
“Mr Dallimore has signalled his intention to resign from ASC should he be successful in nominating as an ALP candidate in the SA electorate of Mayo,” it says.
“ASC has agreed that, should he be unsuccessful in gaining election, it will offer him the opportunity to be re-employed.”
The company said it “remains politically impartial” and stressed Mr Dallimore was not standing “as a representative of ASC”.
However, it stated it “does not prevent employees running for political office” should they choose to do so “based on their own personal circumstances”.
Mr Dallimore thanked the ASC for the opportunity to return to work.
“I’m grateful that I’ve been able to reach an agreement with my employer over this matter and for the opportunity to be re-employed should I be unsuccessful in the coming election,” he said.