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Coles manager: 'I am asking four hours free labour'

This image of a note left by a manager at a Coles store quickly made the rounds on social media.
This image of a note left by a manager at a Coles store quickly made the rounds on social media.

A MANAGER at a Coles supermarket store in Western Australia had a strange proposal for staff after a month in which many part-time workers around the nation lost income through penalty rate cuts.

The manager posted a notice to staff asking them to work on a Sunday stocktake not for extra income, or time in lieu - but for pizza, the Pedestrian website reported.

After the notice went up, several staff members contacted the WA branch of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers Association to complain.

The union contacted the individual manager as well as Coles senior management who were reportedly "aghast" at the request.

A spokesperson told Perth's ABC radio that the request "was completely out of step with Coles' way of working" and that any "team members working at that time would be paid as normal".

READ THE MANAGER'S NOTE TO STAFF:

Dear team, I've got a personal request for you all. As you can see we have an enormous amount of stock out the back in the stockroom. I am asking team members to give me 4hrs free labour. Yes, it is a big ask and I would not be requesting this unless it was absolutely necessary.

On Sunday the 19th I plan to work through 6x pallets of stock as well as 78x cages of stock out the back. I plan to kick off the evening at 5:30pm and work through to 9:30pm. Pizza will be plentiful at 9:30pm.

We have 65 team members. It would be wonderful if everyone could be involved as this would make the job so much easier and may even allow us to leave earlier which would be fantastic.

The excess stock does affect everyone in the store and none more so than [blank] who has to do the gap scan everyday under these really difficult conditions. Therefore I hope that you can give of your time to help the store get on top of this once and for all.

I would really appreciate you coming to help.

 

Has your boss ever asked you to work for free?

This poll ended on 20 March 2017.

Current Results

Yes

64%

No

35%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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