Sacked Big W worker speaks
WHEN a 20-year-old Warwick resident went to work last Tuesday, he did not expect to leave that afternoon jobless, nor did he predict the domino effect that would ripple through his life.
At 2.45pm he, along with 15 other former colleagues , were called into the office at the Big W Distribution Centre, only to be told he was "not needed anymore".
"Me and a few other blokes were really surprised we got sacked, we were probably some of the best workers there," he said.
The ex Big W employee, who had been there for almost seven months, said the sacking had affected his life in more ways than one.
"I've had to move back home to Mum's and I've got car loans and study loans I'm trying to pay off," he said.
"I don't have a social life anymore because I can't afford to do anything.
"I can't pay my gym membership so I've had to put that on hold - no income, no payments," he said.
Big W sacked 16 of their casual employees last week, without notice.
"It's put me out of routine which is really annoying," he said.
"They could have done it more professionally, even a week's notice would have been better, just a heads-up, but not after working a full day.
"Even if they had told me before I came in that day I probably would have understood more."
He said it was unfair that many of those who got to keep their jobs were recent employees and Christmas casuals.
"Even the best picker in the shed got sacked and the newest ones who were hired just before Christmas were the ones they kept," he said.
The Warwick man has since been on a desperate quest to find a new job and has been submitting resumes to numerous organisations every day.
"I've been handing out resumes every day, but there isn't much work around, but hopefully I will hear back soon," he said.
If he cannot find work, he is considering leaving Warwick and moving interstate.
"My dad is moving to Melbourne on Saturday so I'm going to go down soon and may end up moving down there if I can't find work here.
"I was enjoying the freedom of living out of home and now that's been taken away from me.
"Having to move back home was the only thing I could do."