Workers put in danger: union
QUEENSLAND Council of Unions secretary Craig Allen was yesterday "appalled" to hear several businesses made staff work in the severe weather conditions.
It is believed that when Stockland Rockhampton closed yesterday morning due to flood damage, Coles Supermarket employees were told to go to the south side store.
As the peak of the monsoon-like storm hit Rockhampton, Mr Allen contacted The Morning Bulletin to share his concerns.
He said management had ignored police instructions for people to stay put.
"Emergency services were telling people to stay off the roads," he said. "Who would be silly enough to go grocery shopping now?
"This is just a company wanting to make money and not putting the safety of their staff first."
However, a Coles spokesman said no one was forced to work.
"A number of team members were happy to help out their colleagues in our south Rockhampton store, as they dealt with a big spike in customers looking to buy essential grocery lines," he said.
"Some team members weren't able to get into work due to the floods, others advised they were keen to be home to monitor their properties.
"In all cases our local management team has been supportive of team member preferences and Coles always puts team member safety first."