Australia’s Coles butchers are sending packing
australian Supermarket giant Coles is sending out its butcher packing — at least to other departments — by announcing that all of its 800-plus stores will end in-store butcher services and offer only prepackaged meats. .
The move would affect about 1,570 of the firm’s 120,000 employees, and his union says many of those affected could soon be out of jobs.
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Coles said earlier this year that he was in talks with union representatives about the possibility of terminating his butcher services, and confirmed this week that he had gone ahead with the plan, which goes into effect on October 11. has decided.
A spokesperson said, “In June we told members of our meat team that we are considering a proposal to align our meat operating model nationally in our stores, so that we can provide high-quality retail- To deliver the finished meat consistently.” “After a period of consultation with members of the affected meat team as well as their union representatives, a decision was made to proceed with the proposal at the end of August,” Brisbane told ABC Radio on Wednesday.
The spokesperson said Coles is currently working with his butcher to “evaluate” him for other positions at the company.
Matt Jarnex of the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union told the outlet that Coles’ move is “just a cost-cutting exercise, there are no two ways about it.”
The union representative said the affected employees – some of whom have been with the company for decades – have checked the available roles they can replace with their current employer, and they only get about 16-20 hours a week part-time. The work is given.
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Jarnex said the union was trying to help Coles’ butchers find work in slaughterhouses, but added that many workers live in cities while slaughterhouses are located in rural areas.
“So, a lot of these people have to actually pack up and move their things,” he explained.