Woolworths seeking staff to work Christmas Day

Woolworths is seeking permission from the department of industrial relations to ask staff to fill shelves on Christmas Day in NSW, in order to better prepare for the Boxing Day rush.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Woolworths is the only company to have made this application.

“We’re seeking permission from NSW Industrial Relations to receive and unpack goods in our stores for five hours on Christmas morning. This type of stock replenishment activity is permitted on public holidays in all other states and territories,” a Woolworths spokesperson said.

“We have more than 38,000 team members in New South Wales, many of whom tell us they want the opportunity to earn public holiday pay rates on Christmas Day.”

According to the spokesperson, Woolworths won’t compel anyone to work who doesn’t want to and respects the right of employees to enjoy the holiday.

If a store can’t get enough staff who are willing to work, it will not conduct the night-fill operations.

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association is expected to march on Sydney’s parliament house on Wednesday in protest.

The union recently unveiled a campaign to provide young workers with accessible and straightforward information on the topic of workplace rights.

“It’s safe to say that a large number of young people barely know unions exist, let alone how they can help, or why they should join one,” SDA national secretary Gerard Dwyer said.

According to research from the University of Sydney, 25 per cent of student retail workers are underpaid, and 35 per cent do not receive the correct weekend rates.

Woolworths and the SDA have been approached for comment, but had not responded as of publication.

Access exclusive analysis, locked news and reports with Inside Retail Weekly. Subscribe today and get our premium print publication delivered to your door every week.


Comment Manually

I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Inside Retail Polls

Myer's new chief executive
Is John King the right CEO to lead Myer's turnaround?


Partnership to improve Pharmacy 4 Less delivery times for customers in China, as well as provide a superior shoppin… https://t.co/S9EAogH6IM

5 hours ago

Rachel Shafner alleges she was let go after applying for flexible work arrangements to pick up her children from sc… https://t.co/cgHVkWvkMs

7 hours ago

Laura Ashley is closing its doors for good in Australia, after a buyer failed to materialise during the administrat… https://t.co/drrQyZ4o0v

10 hours ago

FREE NEWS BRIEFS Get breaking news delivered