Staff left in dark over changes to IGA trading hours

STAFF have been left in the dark following changes to opening hours at Drakes IGA stores in Toolooa and Sun Valley.

The stores are under scrutiny by inspectors from the Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland.

Trading hours are the focus of the investigation, after it was revealed late last year the chains were operating at extended hours illegally.

HOW THE STORY UNFOLDED:

>> Sun Valley IGA forced to change trading hours

>> Early trading hours restored at IGA supermarkets

>> Drakes IGA forced to cut trading hours again

>> Reduced Drakes IGA trading hours here to stay

An exemption granted by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission in November was last week revoked, meaning the stores had to reduce their trading hours.

A spokesperson from the department yesterday informed The Observer that investigations were ongoing.

"As the investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of the matter," a statement read.

Management at Drakes IGA are remaining tightlipped over the affair, with general manager Bob Song declining to comment.

Trading hours at Drakes IGA in Calliope have not yet been affected.

Staff don't know if they will be impacted in the future.

One staff member, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job, says she was not briefed in any way about the changes.

"I know it's really upsetting our customers," she said.

"We can't even offer an explanation. On top of this, some of us have lost some of our hours which hurts us too."

The chain of IGAs are currently classified as a larger retail business.

Up until investigations proceeded, Drakes IGA had been trading under the false assumption they were exempt from trading restrictions.

The changes came with little to no notice given to staff and customers.

The stores are now open Monday to Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 8am-5pm and Sunday 9am-6pm.



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