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RESPONSE TO FAST FOOD WORKER ASSAULT

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  • 10th July 2019

Media Release | 10 July 2019

MANDURAH McDONALD’S ASSAULT

The SDA – the union for workers in retail and fast food is calling on the public to treat fast food and retail workers with respect after reports of yet another disgusting attack in Mandurah today.

SDA WA Branch Secretary Peter O’Keeffe said the Union was appalled by all reports of abuse of fast food and retail workers, and this latest assault is no exception.

“Abusive and violent behaviour by customers is a serious workplace safety issue that impacts the physical and mental health of fast food workers, he said.

“It’s clear that on a daily basis fast food workers across the state are being subjected to constant verbal abuse, threats of violence and in some cases, actual physical assault.

“We commend the professional and calm approach taken by both the worker behind the counter and the security guard during this disgusting incident. 

“Hopefully the two culprits in this case will feel the full force of the law for their disgraceful behaviour.

“Our message to the public is that this behaviour has got to stop. Copping abuse is not part of the job. No one deserves a serve.”

A recent survey conducted by the SDA of over 1,000 fast food workers found a staggering 87% of them had experienced verbal abuse or aggressive behaviour. Fast food workers have received death threats, threats of rape and had items such as cigarettes and hot coffee thrown at them.

Of the survey’s more than 1,000 respondents 41% were 17 years old or under and 71% were women.

“When we talk about the abuse of fast food workers, we’re actually talking about the abuse of young women,” Mr O’Keeffe said.

“The behaviour they have reported is absolutely unacceptable and it’s time for it to stop.

“This behaviour would never be tolerated in schools, why is it okay for young Australian workers to be abused at work?”

-ENDS-

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