In recent years Coles has been increasingly showing such utter disregard for the safety and well-being of employees that it borderlines on contempt for the workforce. They push us to make forklift rates that are impossible to achieve when following all SOP’s and then when somebody has a minor incident because they are pressured to rush such as dropping a box they face disciplinary action. Despite working ten hour shifts we are harassed over minor event gaps for things like toilet breaks.
During the covid lockdown there were no protections whatsoever put in place for workers despite the shed being more crowded than it ever had been. It took the shed in Melbourne being exposed to covid and quarantined and affecting Coles bottom line before any actual action was taken to to protect employees from the disease.