I’m a teacher in the Somerton area. I usually shop at Coles, and I’m shocked at what I’ve seen on the news about how workers are treated in Coles’ Somerton warehouse. Coles made $1.8 billion profit last year. It doesn't seem fair that the workers who do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes are treated like this.
Workers at Coles’ Somerton warehouse get paid approximately 20% less than workers in other Coles warehouses.
Coles has tried to avoid its responsibilities by outsourcing their warehouse in Somerton to Toll Holdings. But these workers are still generating profits for Coles by stocking its supermarkets, and they deserve to be treated the same as workers in all other Coles warehouses.
Workers in the Coles Somerton warehouse are just asking for equal pay with other Coles warehouse workers, to get penalty rates for working afternoon and weekend shifts, and to be able to choose whether or not they work on public holidays. I find it shocking that my supermarket would try and exploit workers like this.
I can't believe that a brand that's willing to spend millions marketing itself as a "family friendly" brand, won't provide decent conditions for their warehouse workers. Coles is just exploiting warehouse workers for extra profits.
Please sign my petition telling Coles CEO Ian McLeod to improve conditions in the Somerton warehouse immediately -- and join me in not shopping at Coles this week!
Coles, we know you can do better. Please improve workplace conditions at Somerton!
If you're on facebook, leave a message on Coles' facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/coles
Coles made $1.8 billion profit last year, and it isn't fair that the workers who do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes get treated like this.
Workers in the Coles Somerton warehouse are just asking:
- for equal pay with other Coles warehouse workers
- to be paid penalty rates when they work an afternoon or night shift
- to choose whether or not they work on public holidays
- to have better protections for casual workers
Coles has tried to avoid its responsibilities by outsourcing the Somerton warehouse to Toll Holdings. But I say these workers are still stocking Coles' shelves, and they should be treated the same as other Coles warehouse workers.
I shop at Coles, but after hearing the news that it's exploiting workers behind the scenes, I know that I have to speak out.
I hope you'll sign my petition telling Coles CEO Ian McLeod to improve conditions in their warehouses immediately, before it's too late.