November 14, 2022

I Stand with Theo

In the first-ever prosecution of its kind, Qantas has been hit with criminal charges for targeting and standing down HSR Theo Seremetidis at the start of the pandemic.

This is a big case for every worker in Australia.

We must all get behind Theo for bravely standing up to Australia’s worst corporate bully, Qantas.


Why this case is so important

If the safety regulator’s prosecution of Qantas is successful, it will affect workplace health and safety across Australia – no employer has the right to discriminate against an HSR or discipline them for exercising their functions under the WHS Act.

HSRs exercising their powers and functions are a crucial part of maintaining a safe workplace. Trained HSRs have the right to:

  • Inspect your workplace
  • Meet with workers about safety issues
  • Issue provisional improvement notices
  • Request the assistance of another person e.g. union representative or an inspector from the regulating body
  • Protect workers by directing them to cease unsafe work

By standing down Theo, Qantas has again shown its utter disregard for workers’ safety and their legal rights.

Let’s show him our support:

  • Find social media posts to use in support of Theo here:

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  • Film a message of support for Theo and upload it to your social media channels


  • Use the hashtag #IStandWithTheo on social media to support Theo


Watch Theo’s story


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