‘The SDA will continue to support Noni B workers through this difficult time and employees are encouraged to contact their local SDA office if they have further questions.’
As a result of the legal action, the SDA secured court orders stating that Noni B provide the union with the names of all the employees who are being considered for redundancy. It was also ruled that the SDA itself would inform all affected employees about their potential redundancy - not Noni B.
An SDA spokesman told the Australian Financial Review that “both parties are now engaged on a range of issues with a focus on minimising the impact on members and their families”.
The legal stoush follows a Sun-Herald report where a string of Noni B’s employees from NSW, Victoria and Queensland - who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution - spoke out about harsh work conditions.
‘My shop is a very busy store. I can't get to the toilet, and like the other girls, hold on for hours,’ one Queensland worker said. ‘I have often had urinary tract infections due to this, which adds to my misery.’
Said another: "Due to no toilet breaks and having to hold on, I actually landed in hospital with kidney and bladder-related problems.’
The employee also claimed that the store she worked at was so overcrowded with stock that she fell over and cracked her knee cap.
Another shopper took to Facebook to reveal that a Noni B staff member had been forced to ask a customer to mind the store while she went to the toilet.
‘I've been in Noni B when only one person on and someone was asked to look after the shop while they went to the toilet. I assume the person asked was a known and regular customer,’ she said.
Of the complaints, a Noni B spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald: ‘The safety and wellbeing of all employees are a priority for the Group.
‘If any team member has a problem, she should discuss it with her manager. Team members have always been told that, when working alone, they can close the store if necessary. This was further communicated to all store managers earlier this week to ensure there is no misunderstanding.’