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Published On: Mon, Jan 15th, 2018

Waitress in Australia fired for saying Taiwan is ‘definitely not’ part of China

nsnbc : A Taiwanese women working as waitress in a hot pot in Sydney, Australia, was fired by her Chinese boss after she refused to agree with his statement that Taiwan is part of China. Her statement that Taiwan is definitely not part of China was apparently to much for her boss who fired her.

Hutong Hotspot_Sydney_Australia_(screen cap from Zomato)On her Facebook page, a waitress, who media have only identified by the first name of Winnie, said that she had been working at a Chinese restaurant in Sydney called Hutong Hotpot. One day, she received a walkie-talkie message from her Chinese boss, who she described as “Mr. Ha,” saying “Can I ask you a question?” She responded, “please speak.” He then said, “Does Taiwan belong to China?” She quickly responded “Definitely not!”

After twenty minutes went by, her boss informed her, “You can leave work now.” Confused, Winnie asked her mainly Chinese coworkers if this was real or a fake, and they laughed at her in response. When Winnie turned in her walkie-talkie and uniform for the day at the main desk, she asked Ha if she was expected to work for the next few days. To which he responded, “no, there is no need for you to come. Pick up your pay on Saturday.”

Ha then kicked Winnie out of the Wechat group for the restaurant and soon found another new hire to take her place. On her Facebook post, Winnie wrote,

“That day, in addition to being dumbfounded, I was also speechless. I consider myself a hardworking and conscientious person. Every time I apply for a job, I get hired right on the spot.  Whether Taiwan is part of China or not, that is not related to my work.”

Winnie closed by saying, “Although I was upset, I’m happy now that I won’t be wasting any more of my time with that boss.” The case comes amidst growing concerns about an all-present “Chinese hand” in Australian business and public services.

F/AK – nsnbc 15.01.2018

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  1. Pat Riot says:

    Taiwan is definitely, absolutely, undeniably not, I repeat not, part of China. Power to you, Winnie!

  2. Australia has the Equal Opportunities Commission which handles these disputes. Internal and external political disputes are not allowed to be part of the Australian workplace and this should be sorted out there. They will give a favorable ear to her. The commission is not so interested in any political ideas, but only that they do not interfere within the workplace. Bosses are not permitted to bar employment because of political, religious or any personal views – so long as they are not being expressed in the workplace and are not detrimental to the work practice. At the same time, the employee is not allowed use their workplace as a place to promote their personal convictions to customers either. That might be detrimental to business. It would be good in this case to know from the boss, what be believed happened. Also, in Australia, a boss has to follow a certain procedure and number of warnings, verbally, and in writing, before a person can be dismissed. This seems more like two people having two opposing points of view, and this is what the commission seeks to resolve.

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