A Coles store is under fire after a letter surfaced from the manager asking staff members to work for free.
The suburban Perth Coles store manager requested staff stay behind for four extra hours after their shift one Sunday night, to carry out stocktake duties.
They said it would be “wonderful” for the 65 people at the store to pitch in, even posting a notice asking for the staff to work in exchange for pizza.
Here’s the full post, for your jaw to drop over:
"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."
It was not unnoticed that the bizarre request came after penalty rate cuts were introduced, meaning part time workers would not earn that little bit extra on weekends.
Shortly after this notice was posted, staff got in contact with Western Australia’s Shop, Distributive and Allied Worker’s Association to have their complaints heard.
The manager has since been reprimanded and told the workers must be paid for their hours (not in pizza), and the company has made a statement to ABC Radio Perth.
They stated that the request was “completely out of step with Coles’ way of working," ensuring that “any team members working at that time would be pid as normal.”