Hello and thank you for your inquiry.
Under the Fair Work Act, an employer can make an employee redundant in accordance with the following provision:
Essentially, if your employer does not need as many staff to do the procurement work as it previously did, such that it determines to reduce the number of staff, then it is entitled to make a worker or workers redundant and it is entirely up to the employer which of its staff it chooses to make redundant. It would only be if you were targeted for discriminatory reasons in breach of anti discrimination laws that you will have a strong basis for complaint that you are being chose for redundancy instead of the person who has been allowed to remain.
Whilst it is true that unfair dismissal claims can arise where redundancy is found not to be genuine, that usually occurs where an employer claims they have made someone redundant, but it is readily apparent that the worker has actually been replaced rather than made redundant.
One avenue that might apply in your case is that most awards require employers to consult with workers about proposed redundancies, and there is plenty of case law that shows that if an employer fails to comply with this requirement then the redundancy will not comply with s.389 above and is therefore not a genuine redundancy, but whilst such a technical breach will allow a party to succeed in an unfair dismissal claim, their entitlement to compensation is likely to be very modest, since aside from the reduncies technical deficiency it was inevitable given the economic climate.
Finally, be aware that although workers do have a right to take action if they are unfairly treated, it is important to understand that such action can adversely affect the worker's reputation within an industry, and careful consideration should therefore be made as to whether or not such action is in the long term interests of the worker.
I appreciate the above may not be the answer you were hoping to hear but it does reflect the law as it applies to your situation based on what you have advised. I trust however, that my advice assists you in understanding the law and helps you decide how to proceed.
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