Looks like exploiting petrol station workers by docking their pay for circumstances beyond their control was just the tip of the iceberg of this kind of behaviour. Today:
Checkout girls made to pay for theft
A supermarket boss told teenage checkout girls to fork out up to $700 when organised thieves walked off with full trolleys.
Pak ‘nSave has confirmed the wage-docking incident at its Whakatane store.
The mother of one of the Pak’nSave checkout girls said the company was “passing the buck” on to its least powerful workers. “Those sort of huge firms will just push you around and that’s just the way it is, they get away with it,” said the woman, who did not want to be named to protect her daughter from employment repercussions.
It will be a small subset of employers indulging in this kind of exploitation, but they all need to be named and shamed. If you’re in this position, now is the time to contact your friendly local media…