Bunnings has vowed to pay all of its full-time employees in full during Melbourne’s Stage 4 lockdown.
The hardware store is currently open only for tradies, to slow the spread of COVID-19 as Victoria battles through a second wave. People can also click and collect from stores.
Bunnings announced its full-time employees will be paid in full, while casual team members who work 12 hours a week will be paid the equivalent of their hours for the duration of the six-week lockdown.
Bunnings Managing Director, Mike Schneider, said the company will continue to support all employees, who are doing a ‘phenomenal job’ during Stage 4 restrictions.
‘We have a history of doing the right thing by our team, and I’m really pleased to confirm we will support our Melbourne team members through this six week period irrespective of whether there is work available in our stores,’ he said in a statement.
‘They are doing a phenomenal job looking after each other and our customers and keeping everyone safe — it’s only right for us to look after them and provide certainty during this time.’
Mr Schneider explained that there is still a lot of ‘important work for our teams’ who will look after tradespeople as well as online orders.
‘Many of our team will also help prepare orders for customers purchasing items through our Click & Deliver and Drive & Collect services.
‘They’re doing a great job adapting to this method of getting customers the products they need while people in Melbourne spend more time at home.’
All customers entering a Bunnings store in Victoria are required to wear a face mask, unless exempted.
Employees are also required to wear face masks following the state government’s restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Victoria recorded a further 450 COVID-19 cases on Friday and 11 deaths.