SDA urges shoppers respect workers ahead of the holiday season

December 13, 2022 Media Releases

The union representing retail, fast food and warehousing workers is urging shoppers to stay calm and be respectful of workers as we enter the busy Christmas holiday season.

SDA National Secretary, Gerard Dwyer said, “We know that Christmas is always a busy time for everyone, as the pressure builds up for getting ready for end of season festivities. But even with seasonal stress, there’s just no excuse for abusing retail and fast-food workers. No one deserves to turn up to work with the fear of being abused.”

Polling from the past two years shows over 85% of retail workers reported being abused on the job.

“The union for retail and fast food workers asks everyone to avoid taking out their frustrations on workers – who are only there to assist you and help improve your experience.

“Workers should never have to tolerate abuse on the job. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. The experience of abuse only leaves workers feeling intimidated and cornered.

“We’ve also found young workers, women and workers from diverse linguistic backgrounds can be disproportionately singled out for mistreatment.

“This Christmas season, make sure to stay calm and show kindness to workers and fellow shoppers – and make it a joyful season for everyone,” he said.

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