Thousands of Dick Smith workers left out in the cold

Almost 2,500 Dick Smith workers from 300 stores across the country have been told they no longer have a job today, after the electronics retailer announced it is closing it doors.

The SDA, the union for retail and warehouse workers, National Secretary, Gerard Dwyer said the union’s immediate focus is on supporting the at-risk workers.

“Thousands of Dick Smith workers have today been given the shocking news that they no longer have a job,” Mr Dwyer said.

“This is absolutely devastating for workers, their families and local communities. Many Dick Smith workers have been there for many years, so this will hit some families and local communities very hard.

“We had always hoped that a suitable buyer would be found and that Dick Smith stores would be able to continue operating, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case.

“We are bitterly disappointed with the lack of consultation around this, particularly given the union’s recent efforts to engage in a constructive dialogue with the receivers. Today’s huge announcement has come as a real shock to both the union and workers.

“The receivers have given us a guarantee that all worker entitlements will be paid out in full. We’ll be keeping a very close eye on that to make sure that happens swiftly.

“Dick Smith is a major employer in many small towns. This is a terribly sad day for everyone impacted.”

The SDA will have as many representatives on hand to support Dick Smith employees and their families. Any Dick Smith employee who is seeking urgent support should contact the SDA office in their respective branch.

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