In recent months 7-Eleven’s “half pay scam” has been exposed in the national media.
Under pressure the company was forced to establish an independent wage panel. This panel has so far recovered about $12 million in unpaid wages.
But with an estimated $100 million still to be paid out, 7-Eleven has scrapped the panel and is now proposing a much higher standard of proof be applied to the remaining claims.
This is a blatant attempt to avoid responsibility and to skimp out on paying the workers what they are owed. This should not be accepted.
UNITE is calling on people to protest against 7-Eleven dodgy employment practices. Meet outside the 7-Eleven store near the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets in the Melbourne CBD at 5pm on Thursday May 19.
– The independent wage panel be reinstated and all workers compensated in full
– 7-Eleven pays its workers a proper living wage and affords staff all legal conditions
This protest is being organised by UNITE, the fighting union for fast food and retail workers in Victoria.
UNITE first uncovered the “half pay scam” in 2008 and helped recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. We have been campaigning since then to stamp out 7-Eleven’s dodgy practices and to build a union presence in the stores.