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The former manager of BHP Billiton’s Ravensthorpe Nickel West Project is suing the company for $2 million over unfair dismissal claims.
According to The West Australian Isak Buitendag was sacked a day before the mine’s closure after he donated a BHP-owned transportable property to a sports club he had been a former member of.
The company dismissed Buitendag on the charge he had failed to follow the correct procedures with the donation.
The West Australian reports BHP also alleged Buitendag had stolen poly piping from the mine to use at the sports club.
Buitendag earned $288,000 a year in the role, and his lawyer said yesterday he had not breached company procedures.
Buitendag is alleging he had permission to donate the transportable farmhouse to the sports club.
According to The West Australian the property was located in a buffer zone surrounding the Ravensthorpe mine and was slated to be demolished by the company.
Ravensthorpe was closed in 2009 and later sold for $340 million to Canadian-based First Quantum, which reopened the site in 2010.
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