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Pumpkin Patch workers lose health insurance in payment botch-up

Date of Release: 
Thursday, November 24, 2016

In another blow for workers at failed children’s retailer Pumpkin Patch, some workers have discovered their insurance cover could be void after the company receivers confirmed Pumpkin Patch had not paid workers’ insurance premiums for the year August 2016 to August 2017.

Documents obtained by FIRST Union indicate that if the insurance provider confirms coverage for workers has lapsed then the receiver doesn’t intend to correct the botch-up and renew insurance cover. 

No buyer found for Pumpkin Patch, head office staff to go

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The union representing distribution centre workers at Pumpkin Patch is calling on the company receiver, KordaMentha, to guarantee that head office workers will receive their full entitlements after they learned in a meeting today many of them could be put out of the job as early as tomorrow.

No buyer has been found for the struggling children’s retailer.

Distribution centre workers will stay in the job until the company’s remaining stock is shifted.

Pumpkin Patch still deducting workers’ money to pay for “worthless” shares

Date of Release: 
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Workers at Pumpkin Patch head office and distribution centre are outraged after receiving an email from the company’s payroll department confirming that wage deductions will be made to pay for shares in the failed company.

“Workers at head office and in the distribution centre were part of an employee-shares scheme,” explained FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“Now Payroll is saying workers will continue to pay for shares through wage deductions. People are outraged that they’ll continue to have wages deducted for the now worthless shares.”

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