‘Bakers Delight’ is the name given to a chain of bakeries around Australia, mostly franchises. The company was established in 1980, and its co-founders, Roger and Lesley Gillespie, are now sometimes to be found on Australia’s Rich List. In September, Roger Gillespie (who last made the Rich 200 in 2004 with a fortune of $100 million) bought the Victorian discount grocery chain, NQR.
Their own corporate profile reads:
Bakers Delight is Australia’s most successful bakery franchise.
Over the past 29 years this Australian owned company, has grown to over 700 bakeries across three countries, serving 2.5 million customers each week.
Every day, in every bakery, Bakers Delight bakers create a range of traditional and gourmet breads. All products are baked from scratch, fresh daily on the premises.
Bakers Delight bakeries are distinctive in appearance, branding, product quality and customer experience.
The company’s philosophy underpins every action: Delightful Environment, Delightful Service, Delightful Product.
Also, in the case of Bakers Delight stores in St. Helena, Diamond Creek and Laurimar: No Penalty Rates, No Guaranteed Hours, No Sick Pay and No Holiday Pay.
The friendly sales assistants at Bakers Delight stores in St. Helena, Diamond Creek and Laurimar (Victoria, Australia) are currently negotiating a new workplace agreement. So far their employer, Wayne Price, has offered them an agreement that does away with penalty rates, guaranteed hours, sick pay and holiday pay in exchange for a tiny bit extra in the base rate. Mr. Price has also refused to include yearly pay increases to cover the cost of living. On top of this the workers are being bullied and told they are not allowed to discuss the agreement or talk to the union. They are under constant video surveillance and feel intimidated by Mr Price. They would really appreciate your support! All the workers are asking for is to receive Award entitlements like penalty rates for working nights and weekends, security of hours and sick pay and holiday pay. Currently they don’t receive these entitlements, with some workers receiving as little as $9.29 an hour! While you pay top prices for your bread, the employees are working under conditions that undermine industry standards.
Let Bakers Delight know that you will not tolerate the exploitation of young workers. The workers are fighting for:
Penalty rates on evenings, weekends and public holidays;
Guaranteed shifts and security of hours;
Sick pay and holiday pay;
Guaranteed pay rises every year to cover the cost of living;
An end to workplace bullying and over-supervision.
These are the conditions other workers in the retail industry enjoy.
Bakers Delight’ workers deserve them too!
For more infos on this and other industrial campaigns in the retail and services sector, please see the UNITE website.