Workers at New World supermarkets across New Zealand have been told they will be on leave without pay if they are unable to work over the lockdown.
An email was sent to staff at the Wellington’s Thorndon branch on Friday, and seen by Stuff, saying supermarkets were considered ‘low-risk’ and therefore the company was not eligible for the special leave payment.
It said those with underlying health conditions who were unable to come to work as a result, would have their annual leave paid out, and when that runs out, would be on unpaid leave.
“You do have the choice to return to work, but that is up to you.”
The Supermarkets of NZ have just been handed an enormous monopoly by the Government for the next 4 weeks of lockdown and to hear them abusing their own work force like this is angering.
Those Supermarkets MUST stay open, they are essential to stopping panic riots from erupting, they have been given enormous scope and power and surely must have an obligation to protect its own workers.
While threatening workers with no money if they can’t work, the Supermarket chains had the audacity to sign off such threats with #BeKind.
Supermarkets are essential, the Supermarkets must treat their staff as essential. Those staff are taking an enormous risk by working in a pandemic and should be treated with respect.
Nothing is going to spark panic riots like empty Supermarkets, the Government needs to have a stern word with these bosses immediately.
This is appalling treatment of supermarket workers during a pandemic.