Helping our team through the pandemic
Wesfarmers is supporting our team members and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by making access to vaccinations easier, as well as committing to pay many of those affected by restrictions and isolation.
All permanent and many casual workers who are required to isolate or who are unable to work due to restrictions, will be paid until at least the end of December 2021.
This will provide much needed certainty to team members, their families and our businesses in the lead up to Christmas. This commitment is expected to require payroll costs of $2 million to $4 million per week.
"This is an investment in our workforce and is the right thing to do, reflecting the value we place on each of our team members and the importance of them to the future success of our business," Rob Scott said. "We are focused on the long term and know that this difficult period will pass. Vaccination is our clear path forward."
To make it easier for our teams and trade customers to get vaccinated, Bunnings set up drive-through vaccination clinics across selected Bunnings stores in Sydney.
The clinics are run by an external health provider and use a dedicated area in the carparks of the selected stores. Team members and their families, as well as some trade customers in the local government areas were able to get vaccinated.
Bunnings also played a part in launching Australia’s first drive-through vaccination hub by providing access to the Victorian Government to our former Melton store (pictured).
All permanent team members across Wesfarmers have access to paid vaccination leave as we encourage everyone who can to get vaccinated.