The National Union of Workers has alleged that it has uncovered “systematic abuses of power” at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres
Representatives from the NUW attended a Chemist Warehouse distribution centre on 23 November as part of its investigation into what it calls a “widespread culture of sexual harassment, bullying, and exploitation of labour hire casuals”.
They went to the site to conduct interviews with workers.
The accusations concern two distribution centres, in Preston and Somerton, Victoria.
Jenna Christie, NUW organiser, said in a media alert that this culture constituted “one of the worst cases I’ve seen as an organiser”.
The NUW says that the allegations follow a months-long investigation into the centres.
It says that former and current employees of Chemist Warehouse are “speaking out,” and will appear before the Australian Human Rights Commission National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces this week to make formal statements.
It says these statements will assist it in its investigation regarding Chemist Warehouse, which is “ongoing”.
“The NUW will continue to investigate and act on these issues to ensure workers of Chemist Warehouse are safe and treated fairly,” says Ms Christie.
On its Facebook page, the NUW is encouraging people who have worked in Chemist Warehouse distribution centres, or know those who have, to contact them.
AJP has reached out to Chemist Warehouse for comment.