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Fury as Woolworths asks its shelf stackers to work Christmas Day so they’re ready for Boxing Day

Woolworths is being slammed for pushing to have staff stack shelves on Christmas Day in preparation for the ensuing chaos the following day.

As part of the application with the New South Wales Industrial Relations, the New South Wales stores would remain closed but staff would work for five hours, from midnight until 5am, stacking shelves ready for Boxing Day.

Staff will be able to choose if they want to work.

However, outrage has been sparked with many social media users calling the move unfair.

Woolworths is being slammed for pushing to have staff stack shelves on Christmas Day in preparation for the ensuing chaos the following day (stock image)

As part of the application with the New South Wales Industrial Relations, the NSW stores would remain closed but staff would work for five hours, from midnight until 5am, stacking shelves

As part of the application with the New South Wales Industrial Relations, the NSW stores would remain closed but staff would work for five hours, from midnight until 5am, stacking shelves

‘I am appalled,’ one woman said.

‘Leave your staff to enjoy the one day per year where stores are closed to be with their families. Come on Woolies, no need for this.’

‘Give people a break for goodness sake, just money hungry pigs,’ another woman said.

However, some people have been quick to point out not everyone loves the festive season and some would prefer the extra cash.

‘Some people don’t have loved ones to spend the day with. They may be deceased or working themselves. Or overseas. If some are happy to work then let them for the big penalty rates. Who cares?’ one person said.

Poll

Should Woolworths staff work Christmas Day?

‘Good for those wanting to earn extra cash with no religious or family commitments. ..stacking shelves etc is not interferring with anything….’ another person said.

A permanent entry level employee who chooses to work from midnight to 5am on Christmas Day would be paid $55.30 per hour, receiving $276.50 for the five hours work. 

A Woolworths spokesman said many employees want the opportunity to earn public holiday pay rates on Christmas Day.

‘We fully respect the right of team members to enjoy Christmas Day with loved ones and never compel anyone to work who doesn’t wish to do so.’

All other states and territories have the ability to do replenish shelves during public holidays. 

Some people have been quick to point out not everyone loves the festive season and some would prefer the extra cash

Some people have been quick to point out not everyone loves the festive season and some would prefer the extra cash

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