United Voice, the hospitality union, has called on Woolworths today to ensure workers in their pubs and liquor stores are not at risk of losing wages and conditions following the company’s announcement they would be selling off their liquor operations.
United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said Woolworths have a responsibility to its workers.
“Woolworths need to ensure their divestment from pubs does not negatively impact hard working Australians.”
Woolworths likes to spruik its family values approach, an approach Ms Smith believes needs to be shown to the workers.
“You can’t say how important family values are to your business if the next minute you throw your workers to the wolves when you sell off their jobs,”
“These workers are part of that family that kept Woolworths running for all members of the community.”
Ms Smith said pubs are also part of the Australian culture and need to be looked after.
“Australia and pubs go hand-in-hand and we urge Woolworths to ensure workers will receive decent pay with penalty rates and have job security,”
“At the end of the day, without hospitality workers there would be no pubs.”