Coles manager asks employees to work for pizza

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 20th March 2017

Coles has come under pressure over a notice requesting employees to take pizza in lieu of remuneration.

In a notice to staff written by a Western Australian Coles manager, employees were asked to help with a “enormous amount of stock” for four hours on a Sunday evening for no pay. The manager however wrote that “pizza will be plentiful” after the four hours of work finishes at 9:30pm.

In the notice the manager acknowledged the request was a “big ask” but said “I would not be requesting this unless it was absolutely necessary”.

The Western Australian Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers Association (SDA) was informed of the notice and said it immediately contacted the manager. SDA said the manager then took the notice down and Coles head officer was also contacted by SDA over the matter.

In response to the incident, Coles said the notice was posted by a trainee manager and any team members working during that time would be paid as normal.

“Coles values the hard work of all our team members and the notice in the store is completely out of step with Coles’ way of working,” the supermarket said.


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