The Press reports:
A Christchurch business has rejected union claims it told staff to come to work on the day of the Canterbury earthquake.
Unite Union alleged Garden City Bowl staff had been told in “no uncertain terms” to come to work after the 7.1-magnitude quake.
“Staff came in under duress and didn’t feel very confident. The company realised they weren’t going to make any money that day and sent the workers home. For that whole weekend they received no pay for lost hours,” Nelson-Christchurch Unite organiser Matt Jones said.
Keeping Stock has been doing an admirable job blogging on Matt Jones, and his antics in Christchurch.
At a time where most of the community are working together, Jones seems to be exploiting the earthquake to gain publicity. It is rather nasty.
However, Julie Williamson, group human resources manager, denied those claims.
She said workers were advised not to come to work on Saturday, other than two technical staff who were paid.
Williamson said staff scheduled to work on Saturday were paid and “given the required period of notice” the centre would not open on Sunday.
Some of these businesses may go under and all the staff lose their jobs. I’ve worked for a small business. Even a week of no income can be devastating.Tags: Christchurch, earthquake, Keeping Stock, Matt Jones, Unite