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March 21, 2020

Reid

Shifts are being given to casual staff where they can but only full timers will remain at work through the next few weeks. At least 4 staff have been permanently let go and the remaining 20 or so are no longer getting any shifts.
March 21, 2020

Corina

I had just left my tile as a venue manager to start a new position at the beginning of next week. After a meeting on Thursday I was told that my new position is no longer available and that the business would be unable to employ me. My previous employer is also unsure as to what extent they can payout my leave entitlements leaving me in quite a pickle. Too say I’m stressed is an […]
March 21, 2020

Priyank

I have been working full time from the time I have arrived in Melbourne post my study got over. I have been trying to save in order to return the money to my parents back home. But the basic necessities being so expensive. I am not able to save anything as such. I was rostered for many shifts but starting the 16th of March all my shifts started getting cancelled. The first blow came to […]
March 20, 2020

Josh

Works too quiet so lost shifts
March 20, 2020

Sebastian

I was working at the Australian Grand Prix, and that was completely cancelled. That was 36 hours of work, and now my cafe job is cancelled because the cafe is not opening.
March 20, 2020

Anna

Unpaid leave, no support from employer.
March 20, 2020

Sean

I worked 2 jobs, firstly at a cafe in the airport, secondly at a cafe in the city. I firstly began losing shifts at the aiport so I got my second job in the city as a casual side job for money. I then completely lost my airport job for obvious reasons, so I became reliant on this job on it’s own. This week I had all my hours cut, and I’ve been unable to […]
March 20, 2020

Isobel

We’ve fired all staff except management. The business has lost over 93% of its income. Many staff are on student visas or working holidays and are now trapped
March 20, 2020

Chrissy

As an events manager in a restaurant group, the only time the phone rang was clients cancelling events. Until all bookings & events were cancelled. Then the business let me go.
March 20, 2020

James

I can’t find any work. All theatres have shut down with no plan for people like me.
March 20, 2020

Shannen

The whole venue was shut, salary workers were stood down and casuals were let go.
March 20, 2020

Myriam

Because of the emergency me and my husband are loosing our job for how long ? We don’t know yet, but we are not citizens and we are here with a temporary visa until February next year, we don’t know what kind of options we will have.
March 20, 2020

Brendan

I left my last job due to underpayments and bullying. I bought a motorcycle with all of my money I saved up so I could find work outside of my area but now that the media has been left unchecked to incite fear consumers stopped going out which reduced the number of new jobs… But now the government has placed unreasonable restrictions on venues, the chance of finding a job has become nil, I’m now […]
March 20, 2020

Jade

I’m a casual bartender and have been so for the last 4 years, hospitality is basically the only industry I’m qualified in and I loved my job. However all my shifts have been cut indefinitely and there is no work for people like me. I have my own apartment and am behind in rent because of this. It makes me very emotional knowing what is happening to the industry I love so much. My car […]
March 20, 2020

Angela

My venue has closed as much as possible without actually closing down. I’ve gone from 28-38 hours a week down to 7 so they can save money by having salary staff do the majority of shifts.
March 20, 2020

Adrian

The Resturant has closed. Me and all of the waiters, chefs and kitchen porters are unemployed.
March 20, 2020

Kara

Got a phone call Wednesday from my boss telling me that the business can’t afford to keep its doors open anymore…. Since this crisis hit we went from a busy cafe to another SA small business casualty lost my job literally overnight Now no one is hiring for at least a month if not longer due to this crisis but I’m not “directly” affected by the virus so there’s no help for me just hope […]
March 20, 2020

Myles

All upcoming events have been cancelled. My regular shift have been reduced.
March 20, 2020

Natasha

The company I work for has closed down all it venues and have decided to close the cafe they own that I work for as a result of the government regulations and social distancing rule. A lot of people are out of the job and as I am a part time barista, I cannot work from home and if I don’t work I don’t get paid and I have rent, utilities and debt I need […]
March 20, 2020

Constantine

I worked in functions as a casual chef and all future functions have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus and subsequently all my shifts. Because I am a student, I cannot get Newstart allowance and because I’m a Master’s student I cannot get Austudy.
March 20, 2020

Simone

I work events and catering. I have lost all my shifts until further notice i have just become a casual as of February so i don’t get manual leave
March 20, 2020

Josh

I have lost over 45 hours a week as a casual staff member of a large group due to a significant downturn in trade. I have also been served notice to vacate my property in 60 days due to renovations. This is after I spent the majority of my savings on a medical procedure to improve my quality of life on Sunday 15th. I have applied for 6 jobs and have heard nothing back. I […]
March 20, 2020

Brock

My work cant provide work for any casuals in the foreseeable future! They’re struggling for business as they’re a restaurant and bar venue. I feel really bad but I’ve lost 70% of my income. And my other job is also in hospitality so I’m just waiting now to lose this any day now. I’m casual for both jobs. So i have absolutely no support. And to make it worse I’m an artist from the music […]
March 20, 2020

Oliver

Our work, a small family run bar in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, has had to reduce the number of people within the venue for obvious health reasons. Our boss has a mortgage repayment plan, using her home as collateral for the business, and with the impending shut down she does not know how she will pay rent and bills for the business. In an effort to curb bankruptcy and business closure, she has had […]
March 20, 2020

Louisa

Theatres and other entertainment quarters that I work in have automatically shut down because there can’t be a certain amount of people in a room together at the same time. I have to isolate and I’m a training actor, which has a knock on affect because my education, along with my work, is basically non-existent
March 20, 2020

Danae

I am from America. Thank god my partner is able to let me stay with him because I would be without a home. But I am currently struggling for a plane ticket home and food.
March 20, 2020

Stephanie

I am a Bar Manager at a business that is connected to an arts complex. The building confirmed their closure this week and our company closed due to lack of business. Even though I am a full time contracted employee on salary I have been put on forced leave without pay and my contract also states I cannot work for any other business. Being still employed with my company I also cannot receive any Government […]
March 20, 2020

Alex

I’ve become unemployed as of Today. My restaurants last day of reading before closing down is also today. The government did not act quickly enough and business owners have made drastic decisions.
March 20, 2020

Sean

Bar running on skeleton team made up of managers
March 20, 2020

Amelia

We lost $500k in clients (events/catering) and are trying to make money in packaged meals but as a result I’ve lost my job. I just started this job and was living paycheck to paycheck previously so I haven’t got much savings. I don’t know how I’m going to pay rent let alone eat.
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