Workplace safety is a critical issue for retail and fast food workers.
Every worker is entitled to a safe and healthy work environment. Every employer has a duty of care to workers, to ensure that risks to health and safety are minimised or eliminated.
Too often we hear from our members about workplace violence, bullying, harassment, workplace hazards and other safety issues.
Workers aren’t to blame for not “de-escalating” customers who assault them. Workers should not be required to work in extreme heat or cold. Workers should be provided with the appropriate training, equipment and uniforms for their work tasks. Workers should be protected from bullying, belittling or other harassment in the workplace.
Workers should never be required to work in unsafe conditions. Every worker has the right to remove themselves from an imminent risk to their safety.
If you’re not safe at work, it’s time to hold your employer to account. The most effective way to do this is to organise with your fellow workers.
We help members talk to their co-workers about how organising and campaigning together can achieve a safer workplace. Our members have successfully campaigned to improve their safety at workplaces including Woolworths, Coles and McDonald’s.
It’s time to fight back. Join us today and make your workplace a safe place.
If you’re an existing RAFFWU member and your workplace is unsafe for any reason, contact us and we can help you.