Twenty-weeks preg­nant and with­out any work

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A PREG­NANT IGA em­ployee is stranded with­out work af­ter two Sun­shine Coast stores went into liq­ui­da­tion on Thurs­day, leav­ing more than 30 peo­ple un­em­ployed.

Rhi­an­non Camp­bell, who is 20-weeks preg­nant with her first child, has reached out to the com­mu­nity to help her and the other staffers find work.

Ms Camp­bell had worked at the North Bud­erim IGA since 2015, and said she was “quite hurt” by the sit­u­a­tion.

“Our owner told us all he had gone un­der liq­ui­da­tion and, as of pretty much at the end of that con­ver­sa­tion, we all had no jobs,” she said.

The 20-year-old said it was ex­tremely heart­break­ing to know she would be with­out work af­ter re­ly­ing on her five shifts a week for more than two years.

“I hon­estly thought that I was very loyal to him (the owner), so to get that loy­alty back, just a bit of re­spect, would have been nice,” she said.

“I am an­gry but I don’t think I’m per­son­ally an­gry at him.

“I do un­der­stand that los­ing a busi­ness is go­ing to be very hard on him as well, but he’s just hurt a lot more peo­ple in the long run.”

She said even a bit of warn­ing would have made the sit­u­a­tion eas­ier so she wasn’t left in the dark.

“It’s not just me that’s re­ally af­fected by this ... every­body else pays rent and bills just as much as I do,” she said.

The staff mem­bers from the two Bud­erim IGA stores were still wait­ing to hear more de­tails about the liq­ui­da­tion yes­ter­day.

Ms Camp­bell and the other staff mem­bers were told they would not be paid for the last week they worked, she said.

She also said she and other staff mem­bers hadn’t re­ceived su­per­an­nu­a­tion since 2016 and doubted it would be re­solved.

Ms Camp­bell said she was doubt­ful that any­one would hire her but was hope­ful some­one would give her a chance.

She posted on the Sun­shine Coast Com­mu­nity Board Face­book group on Thurs­day night in the chance that some­one would take her on.

“There may be some­one out there that would be will­ing to take me for at least a cou­ple of

months, just be­fore bub is due,” she said.

The post had more than 50 com­ments by yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, and Ms Camp­bell said she’d al­ready had a few peo­ple con­tact her.

“I didn’t ex­pect any­thing to be hon­est, es­pe­cially be­ing preg­nant. I knew straight away it was go­ing to be a lot harder,” she said.

“If any­one does have any­thing avail­able for me, even if it’s just a few hours here and there or it’s just ca­sual work ... it would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Even if there’s just a look­out for every­body else at work too so they’re not all left in the dark.

“I know it’s go­ing to be just as hard for them as it is for me.”

She said any­thing would be help­ful to help her and her part­ner, Nathan, pre­pare for the ar­rival of their child. The baby is due in late Novem­ber.

“We’re very ex­cited about it and so is every­body else,” she said.

Now they’re go­ing to be re­ly­ing on one in­come, Ms Camp­bell said they would strug­gle with­out sup­port.

“It’ll be a lit­tle bit rough but we’ll man­age, we’ll get through it.

“I’m hop­ing that I can find some­thing ... but if I don’t we’re just go­ing to have to fig­ure out some­thing else.

“I know that I could pos­si­bly go to Cen­tre­link but that was hon­estly one of my last re­sorts.

“I’ve got to some­how sup­port my­self and my fam­ily now.”

Photo: John McCutcheon

MUM’S PLEA: Rhi­an­non Camp­bell has reached out to the com­mu­nity for sup­port af­ter two Coast IGAs went into liq­ui­da­tion on Thurs­day.

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