Read­ers happy to work for free

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Meghan Har­ris meghan.har­ris@thechron­i­cle.com.au

IT AP­PEARS Toowoomba res­i­dents wouldn’t mind work­ing with­out pay if their boss re­quested a few hours free labour.

A Coles man­ager in West­ern Aus­tralia posted a no­tice to staff ask­ing them to work on a Sun­day stock­take not for ex­tra in­come, or time in lieu - but for pizza.

Once the Coles se­nior man­age­ment team was made aware of the re­quest they is­sued a state­ment which said, “it was com­pletely out of step with Coles’ way of work­ing” and that “any team mem­bers work­ing at that time would be paid as nor­mal”.

The Chron­i­cle shared the story with its Face­book fol­low­ers and while there were peo­ple who were out­raged with the re­quest, a ma­jor­ity of peo­ple were in sup­port of the free labour.

Johno Neilsen’s com­ment got 49 likes agree­ing with the con­cept.

“There is no prob­lem at all (with the no­tice). It’s not a manda­tory ros­ter, he was ask­ing for vol­un­teers to help. You are not ob­li­gated to be there. As the note said the man­ager just sim­ply wants a hand in­stead of do­ing all that on their own,” he said.

Queens­land Coun­cil of Unions Toowoomba pres­i­dent Chris McGaw said he un­der­stood if peo­ple were happy to stay be­hind and help out small busi­nesses, but not multi-bil­lion com­pa­nies.

“Why would you work for free for a multi-na­tional com­pany like Coles?” he said.

“They make bil­lions in profit ev­ery year and it is not ac­cept­able. It shouldn’t even be asked.

“Four hours is a fair chunk out of your day as well, it is not like they were ask­ing them to stay back half an hour.

“I un­der­stand if peo­ple want to stay back and help small busi­nesses and give them a few ex­tra hours in re­turn for some flex­i­bil­ity but it doesn’t make sense with a com­pany like Coles.”

While there were many read­ers who said they would put their hand up to work for pizza, there were also a few who said they wouldn’t work un­less they were paid.

Paul Ma­hony said: “I’m sure Coles made a big enough profit for the year to pay their staff and I bet the CEOs don’t work for pizza.”

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