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Issue #1696      August 5, 2015

ABC retail bombshell another blow to jobs

The ABC management’s announcement to close ABC Shops across the country is another blow to the ABC workforce that is still reeling from the 400 job cuts that came out of the Abbott government’s funding cuts last year.

Community and Public Sector Union ABC Section secretary Sinddy Ealy said: “Without warning, ABC Retail staff have been told that ABC shops will be closed and their jobs are likely to disappear along with them.

“Like most retailers, ABC Shops have been struggling with the impact of online shopping but that’s not the only reason ABC Retail is struggling.

“Profit margins for ABC Retail have been falling because most of the products that they are selling are for programs which the ABC does not actually make. The ABC has been outsourcing their internal production for the last decade and now there are more job losses on the table because of that.”

The announcement caught staff completely by surprise and the union says it needs to see a lot more information provided on this decision so that that staff know where they stand.

“The CPSU will be fighting to ensure that whatever replaces ABC Retail is kept in-house and staff keep their jobs,” said Ealy.

“The union recognised a few years ago that the retail sector was facing a difficult period and we negotiated a landmark agreement that strengthened redundancy provisions and protected casual staff in the case that such a decision was taken.

“ABC staff are very concerned that this is just the beginning of more bad news from the ABC. Mark Scott (ABC manager) has told Senate Estimates that there are still 100 back-of-house redundancies for ABC staff planned.

“It’s time for the ABC to come clean on what other jobs will be placed on the chopping block.”

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