SHOCK CLOSURES HIT HARD
Twenty-weeks pregnant and without any work
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.”
MUM’S PLEA: Rhiannon Campbell has reached out to the community for support after two Coast IGAs went into liquidation on Thursday.