Will they get the Calombaris treatment

TAFKAS is waiting to see if Coles and Woolworths get the Calombaris treatment.

You see, Coles announced today:

it has identified a total of $20 million in underpayment for its salaried team members.

According to Retail and Fast Food Workers Union secretary Josh Cullinan:

He said the union had been investigating the matter and estimated the underpayment was in excess of $20 million. He said the union would pursue any underpayments on behalf of his members.

Mind you, this compares favourably to Woolworths who announced their underpayments:

When announcing the underpayments earlier this year, which involved over 5700 staff being short-changed due to discrepancies with the general retail award, the company (Woolworths) estimated the full amount would be between $200 million and $300 million.

Waiting to see if Coles and Woolworths get boycotted for wage theft.  Waiting also for the non-Channel 10 media to rip into Coles and Woolworths.  Will probably be waiting a long time.

Lesson for beginners in Australian business …. get an enterprise agreement with a union.  That way, the workers can get ripped off by both the employer and the union.

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19 Responses to Will they get the Calombaris treatment

  1. mh

    Of course not.

    Colesworth are the biggest advertisers with channels 7 and 9.

  2. Slim Cognito

    I know someone who recently left employment of Woolworths. While she was there, they identified that a number of staff had been underpaid. They corrected their error by issuing affected staff with Woolworths gift cards.
    Yeah, sounds legit.

  3. Archivist

    The employment laws and award system are too complex.
    Nobody can get it right, even with teams of accountants.
    It’s time to throw the whole thing out the window.

  4. Bob in Castlemaine

    And what of their ABC underpaying more than 1800 staff to the tune of almost $23 million?
    Nah! No Calombaris treatment for them.

  5. nb

    ‘Woolworths who’
    There is a slow evolution of language whereby people are becoming ‘that’, and institutions are becoming ‘who’.
    Does this reflect the decline in the individual and the rise of the group?

  6. EvilElvis

    Lesson for beginners in Australian business …. get an enterprise agreement with a union. That way, the workers can get ripped off by both the employer and the union.

    That’s the whole idea, TAFKAS. No business starting out will be big enough to deal with organising an EBA or dealing with a union. They get shackled to this trickle down policy bullshit of fairwork Australia and the awards system. Small business is just a tool to expose yourself to government and bureacratic tyranny.

  7. Roger

    Lesson for beginners in Australian business …. get an enterprise agreement with a union. That way, the workers can get ripped off by both the employer and the union.

    Bill Shorten will be happy to advise on how it’s done.

  8. H B Bear

    $20m wouldn’t even be a rounding error on the Coles payroll.

  9. H B Bear

    Coles won’t get the Colambaris treatment as they are properly capitalised, haven’t pulled cash out of the business to buy a beach house and their customers (or someone else) will turn up to their stores next week.

  10. @H B Bear

    Coles won’t get the Colambaris treatment as they are properly capitalised, haven’t pulled cash out of the business to buy a beach house and their customers (or someone else) will turn up to their stores next week.

    Your Honour. I did steal the money but I am already wealthy as you can see from my balance sheet. Also, my neighbours like me. So clearly no penalty is warranted.

  11. Stimpson J. Cat

    And what of their ABC underpaying more than 1800 staff to the tune of almost $23 million?

    That’s OK because they get 7 days paid domestic violence leave.
    Be fair.

  12. a happy little debunker

    Shorten and the Chiquita mushroom workers!

  13. Terry

    “Your Honour. I did steal the money but I am already wealthy as you can see from my balance sheet. Also, my neighbours like me. So clearly no penalty is warranted.”

    What? Do you want equality before the law or something crazy like that? How very last millennium.

    In any case, the real crime lies with the inept legislators and bureaucrats foisting their incompetence on otherwise law-abiding citizens (and entities).

    A learned and wise judge might throw out such cases on those grounds alone (it’s not like our “modern” judiciary is shy about inventing their own laws), but alas, that was before the Marxists won. Now it is all about ‘victim-status’ and trial by totem-pole.

  14. classical_hero

    A complex IR system that is nearly impossible to figure out, only bureaucrats would love a system like that.

  15. Robber Baron

    Calombaris was a bad businessman. He was central to destroying the business he was a minority shareholder in.

    He is selling up and heading to Singapore. Cut and run.

  16. Iampeter

    I think focussing on whether they’ll get the same treatment as Colambaris, while worth asking, misses the real story which is our nightmare employment laws.
    I think this is what they call “burying the lede.”

    Lesson for beginners in Australian business …. get an enterprise agreement with a union. That way, the workers can get ripped off by both the employer and the union.

    Nah, that would just be the union ripping off both employees AND employers.
    Employers aren’t ripping anybody off. They are just offering jobs you can apply for if you want or leave if you don’t like. Don’t drag them into the mess unions and regulators created as if to suggest there’s enough blame to go around.

  17. H B Bear

    Honour. I did steal the money but I am already wealthy as you can see from my balance sheet. Also, my neighbours like me. So clearly no penalty is warranted.

    If you cannot distinguish between an oversight on a payroll of hundreds of millions and owners drawings of a small business I cannot help you.

  18. PB

    At least they are assessing the level of underpayment. When Queensland Health under the care of (now) Banker Bligh destroyed their own pay system, they only audited to identify overpayments. The many underpayed or not-paid staff were basically told it was their problem to work out.

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