CWH accused of ‘targeting’ union members


National Union of Workers representatives attend a Chemist Warehouse distribution centre. Image: NUW via Facebook
National Union of Workers representatives attend a Chemist Warehouse distribution centre. Image: NUW via Facebook

The National Union of Workers has posted about “Chemist Warehouse union busting” following allegations of a bullying culture

And a person who has been accused of sexual assault no longer works for the discount giant, the National Union of Workers (NUW) claims.

In November, the NUW alleged that two Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Victoria have seen “systematic abuses of power”.

Representatives of the union visited one of the centres on 23 November, as part of its investigation into the workplace culture of the centre, to conduct interviews with workers.

NUW later alleged that the centres have been subject to a “widespread culture of sexual harassment, bullying, and exploitation of labour hire casuals”.

Jenna Christie, NUW organiser, said in a media alert that this culture constituted “one of the worst cases I’ve seen as an organiser”.

Now, the NUW has stated that several weeks ago, it distributed a majority support determination to commence bargaining.

“Three workers who signed the petition have since stopped receiving shifts,” it said in a post titled, “Chemist Warehouse – Union Busting”.

“We believe Chemist Warehouse is targeting union members who want to exercise their legal right to bargain,” says the NUW.

“This is unacceptable.

“In good faith we approached management with our concerns.

“We were told all three workers would be returned to work two days ago, Monday 10th December. This has still not happened.

“NUW members will not be intimidated, and we will not tolerate attempts at union busting.”

In a separate post, the NUW says that it has “been informed that an alleged perpetrator of sexual assault and intimidating behaviour is no longer employed by Chemist Warehouse”.

It also says that it has heard “many stories of harassment, bullying and intimidation” from current and former Chemist Warehouse distribution centre workers.

It has launched a reporting platform on its website which pertains specifically to these workers, which it says is “in response to the volume of workers coming forward”.

AJP has reached out to Chemist Warehouse for comment.

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