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#ILostMyHospoShift

March 20, 2020

Jenny

Can’t affort payment for bills, necessaries such as power rent wifi water
March 20, 2020

Natasha

Myself and 7 others were let go on Wednesday 18/03/20. There aren’t any customers due to our major client base being office workers in the area, and to the general public social distancing or self isolating.
March 20, 2020

Sophie

Work in conventions/events. We were essentially shut down the moment the 500 people ruling came through
March 20, 2020

Andrew

It’s taken all three of my jobs.
March 20, 2020

Capri

I work(ed) at the busiest restaurant in Melbourne. Every night we have lines out the door and a wait list that often extends 2+hours. We have a large team operating day and night serving guests. Almost half of which are casual staff. And now all casual staff have been told that there are zero hours for us for at least the next four weeks. The restaurant is operating with half the usual amount of staff […]
March 20, 2020

Lachlan

My workplace has had to let go all of their casual workers. That’s workers across 10 venues in 2 states who have lost their jobs. Right now they’re running on skeleton managerial staff, all of whom have taken a pay cut just to stay afloat, but they wont last long. My prospects of getting another job in my industry anytime soon are looking slim, I have no source of income, I could be homeless in […]
March 20, 2020

Tam

I work super casually, only getting shifts when there’s a show at the theatre I do bar work for. I was supposed to have 3 weeks of shifts this month, and I have none. It isn’t my primary source of income (I’m on ausstudy), but I rely on that money to pad out my very tight budget.
March 20, 2020

Rodney

My wife works for a large caterer and today is her last shift, as they cannot operate under current rules.
March 20, 2020

Lisa

The entire staff of this pub company has been let go. I’m lucky to have student centerlink to cover my rent but have no other income to afford food, bills and other expenses. I’m in a better position than most and am still concerned
March 20, 2020

Sabrina

I can only work 3 shifts per week as a full time Uni student. This has now been cut to 1-2 which is barely enough to cover my rent. I can’t get Centrelink as a postgraduate student. Our manager advised us that due to shift cuts we should see it as an opportunity to apply for a second job at Coles to make ends meet. This seemed more than a little insensitive. Scomo wants to […]
March 20, 2020

Taner

Have had all my shifts cancelled due to Covid precautions, unable to generate an income and pay for necessary bills
March 20, 2020

Evie

I’m just back from overseas and unable to find work, despite extensive industry experience, interviews and trials lined up because nobody can hire at the moment let alone keep hold of their current staff. Signing a new lease this week with no employment on the cards for rent.
March 20, 2020

Camilla

My hours have been cut down minimum by half, the pressure has forced my work to push back any chance of me potentially receiving a promotion in my role. The stress and uncertainty for me and my coworkers is day to day, though we are happy to still have our jobs, we are still dreading the calls or messages that are canceling our shifts and perhaps ending them indefinitely if we’re forced to close either […]
March 20, 2020

Madeline

I’m one of the lucky few holding onto my job by the skin of my teeth. I expect to lose it in the coming weeks unless decisive action is taken. Though I still have my job, my shifts have reduced by around 20 hours. I’m permanent part time, so that’s 20 hours under my contract. Without my job, I won’t make rent, so I’ve been applying for work in other industries. I am frightened in […]
March 20, 2020

Lucas

Now, i need to leave the country and my quiet my school, my girlfriend since 2 years. I am lost.
March 20, 2020

Andreia

I’m going crazy, checking my bank account every time, trying to find a solution to survive like this paying all my bills.
March 20, 2020

Michael

I’ve lost all my shifts and income in the space of 5 days. I’ve put some savings together, but nothing has prepared me for a sudden loss like this with no hope of more work in an industry that I’ve put all my hopes into.
March 20, 2020

Andrew

The bar I work in has reduced staff from around 10 per night to 2 because of capacity restrictions.
March 20, 2020

Bel

I got the call shortly after finishing my casual shift where I was told that for the forseeable future I won’t have any shifts beginning immediately. They don’t know how long, and they don’t know if they’ll recover from the bills they’ll continue to pay while we’re closed. As a casual worker I don’t have access to sick pay or time in lieu. I have worked the same roster for nearly 6 months, and picked […]
March 20, 2020

Khaing Zar

My workplaces have had to shut down because of this crisis, and I have no income since have lost too many shifts. As I am on student visa, I can’t afford to pay my rent and bills now.
March 20, 2020

Nikolas

Club is still operating with fulltime staff, instead of paying them out and leaving casuals on there are minimal or no shifts for casual employees.
March 20, 2020

Connor

I work 2 casual hospitality jobs usually about 60 hours a week. I have lost all of my hours since the outbreak and have no work moving forward
March 20, 2020

Shantelle

I work for an events/catering company, mainly dealing with large scale events, and all of our work for the conceivable future has been cancelled/postponed leaving me without the bulk of my income while still needing to rent/bills/food & medication.
March 20, 2020

Matthew

Weve had our shifts cut back to basically nothing and the workplace is on the edge of shutting
March 20, 2020

A

We’re so quiet, they have had to cancel so many shifts.
March 20, 2020

Georgia

I’ve been terminated from my job as I’m a casual worker and they have fired everyone who hasn’t been there for one year. I am struggling to pay rent and also to find another job as there are currently no hospo opportunities.
March 20, 2020

Dean

150 casuals cut across the entire business. 20 full timers and salary cuts in the tens of thousands for a lot of managers. I’m having to leave my home to fly back to my nearest family so I can keep eating as I can’t pay my rent and do that. My job search will now be conducted from Western Australia
March 20, 2020

Mayank

I work as a bar back and as business is going down in the cbd and the rocks. The management has to cut down on the casual staff cost. Hence struggling to make end meet in coming weeks.
March 20, 2020

Kev

My girlfriend has lost her job due to no customers left so has had to move back to our home state I am left here with one shift a week per my contract no more annual leave left & having to reach into the little savings I have left to pay our share in rent our landlord has told us “oh well I’m not getting a break so why should you” we don’t know what […]
March 20, 2020

Mistraal (Misty)

My family has a small business. A bookshop/cafe/bar. One of a kind, located in Canberra, Weston Creek. We’re in the process of closing our doors permanently. This business has been in the family since the 80s, and my entire life has revolved around it. After 26 years, gone. So quickly.
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