Coles Manager Asks Staff To Work For PIZZA On A Sunday!
This morning we heard word of a note that was circulated to a group of Coles workers in Western Australia, asking them to work for four hours ‘free labour’ - the only payment coming in the form of pizza.
The report came from ABC Radio Perth’s Geoff Hutchinson, who discovered the note.
It didn’t go unnoticed that the strange proposal came three weeks after many part-time workers around the nation lost income through penalty rate cuts.
After the notice was posted, several staff members contacted the WA branch of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers Association (SDA), the union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing to complain.
SDA state secretary Peter O’Keeffe told Hutchinson’s program the proposal was “unacceptable”.
“Obviously this manager has decided for reasons of his own to request people to come and work unpaid,” he said.
However, a letter from a Coles employee named ‘Nick’ to the show, showed the other side of the story.
“It’s weird (but) the manager involved sounds like he cares about the business,” Nick was quoted by Hutchinson.
“I can’t imagine he was going to get any financial benefit out of it. It is not right but I wouldn’t be too harsh on that person.
“I have been a night employee at Coles for four years. The motive for this manager would have come from pressure from the regional manager to have the work completed within a certain time frame.
It does support the theory that the move would have come from ‘above’.