Complaint aimed at Scott?s

By NEELIMA CHOAHAN

THREE former employees of Scott's Market Basket have filed complaints with the Office of Workplace Services, Unions Far North Coast president Peter Burles confirmed yesterday.

"The staff are complaining about under-payment, alleged superannuation shortfalls and bad conditions," Mr Burles said.

A spokesperson for the Office of Workplace Services said all complaints will be investigated.

The popular supermarket and a Tweed icon since 1955 closed its doors on Friday rendering more than 50 staff jobless.

State premier Morris Iemma, who was on the Tweed last week, met with the staff and union members and expressed his concerns at the sackings.

A security fence has since been erected around the premises of the supermarket which will be demolished soon.

PRDnationwide Coolangatta managing director Gregg Taylor said a number of buyers had shown interest in the waterfront property.

"It's the best development site in Tweed Heads," Mr Taylor said.

He said the site was classified as a 3B site, which meant it could be used for business or tourism purposes.

"You could have a six-storey, 72-apartment holiday complex with ocean and Tweed river views from the second or third level up.

"The site allows a maximum of 235 basement and ground-level parking."

Mr Taylor said the recent publicity surrounding the staff sacking had not deterred potential buyers.

"I have people phoning me every day."

Mr Taylor defended the Scott family's decision to close the business, saying former employees would have no trouble finding jobs during the Christmas period.

"It's unfortunate timing, but the Scott family have tried to do the right thing by their employees," he said.



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