Employee Protections at Work
My wife is a hard working full time sales staff in a retail store in Melbourne. She has been employed for 8 years and is one of their top salesperson. Over the last 7 years she regularly met or exceeded her monthly sales targets. In the past 16 months, they are doing it tough and the employer has closed down a number of their stores around Melbourne. The lease of my wife's store is up and the landlord is putting it up for lease on realestatecommercials. Her employer also put up a store front signage saying 'end of lease sale' hoping to boost sales. People walked in hoping to pick up a bargain but the price remains the same so people walked out.
This week her employer said to her they are disappointed with her sales figure and if it's not improved they want her to go work at a another store which is 40 mins drive from home. This other store's daily taking is also as bad so I don't know how she can improve if people are not spending. In my view her employer is putting pressure on her by changing her conditions of employment in the hope she'll resign so they don't have to terminate her employment and pay her redundancy entitlements. She already told them she does not agree to the change.
To date her employer has said nothing whether they will continue operating or close down the store. I'm guessing their lease ends next month and they are sneakily making up excuses in the hope she'll resign before they close down the store.
Hoping for any advice what we can/should do.