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Workers hit out at IGA

Worker Ryan Lewis claimed workers at the Cornetts supermarket learnt it was about to close when they were told by their suppliers.
Worker Ryan Lewis claimed workers at the Cornetts supermarket learnt it was about to close when they were told by their suppliers. Alistair Brightman

WORKERS at the Sugarland IGA have hit out at how owners Cornetts handled the store's impending closure, saying staff found out from suppliers before management told them.

But a spokesman for the company denied this, and said the announcement was handled by a management team.

Ryan Lewis, who will work his last shift as a casual at the store today, said he was speaking on behalf of other staff, who feared their payouts and job prospects could be affected if they spoke publicly.

Mr Lewis is about to join the army, so he was not worried about speaking out.

He claimed workers at the Cornetts supermarket learnt it was about to close when they were told by their suppliers.

"We got to work on Monday morning and found our orders had not been delivered," he said.

"We phoned the suppliers and they told us they had been ordered to cease all deliveries to us immediately."

He said the news was a big blow to staff members.

"When they told us we were shutting down, many people were bawling," Mr Lewis said.

He also claimed no other workers had so far been offered jobs in other Bundaberg IGA stores.

Cornetts IGA chief executive Graham Booysen said a management team was at the store on Monday morning to handle the announcement.

"We told the suppliers on Monday as well," he said.

"Somebody might have heard something from one of the suppliers."

Mr Booysen also denied suggestions no staff had been offered jobs at other Cornetts IGA stores.

"We'll keep them there for a week to move the stock out of the store, then we'll look at trying to redeploy them to other stores," he said.

The NewsMail tried to contact Sugarland management to find out how long it had been aware of the closure, but the calls were not returned.

Topics:  cornetts, iga, sugarland, sugarland iga


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