20 April, 2020:
The NSW Government’s introduction of a $5,000 fine for people who cough or spit at workers has been welcomed by the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) with CEO Jeff Rogut saying other states and territories should follow suit.
“The fact that these fines are necessary is disgraceful but the abhorrent actions of a few endanger the lives of many and these people need to be dealt with harshly,” says Mr Rogut.
“We believe there is a need for all states and territories to implement similar fines in a clear message to these people that their actions are completely unacceptable and will be penalised.
“Most people would simply never consider engaging in this type of behaviour, let alone at a time when stress and anxiety is heightened because of COVID-19.
“For those that do engage in this behaviour, our message is clear: we won’t tolerate it. We have strongly urged convenience retailers to report these offences to police.
“People who are working to support their communities and their families through this time should be commended and we thank the many convenience store operators and staff who are doing an amazing job through this pandemic,” he says.
The AACS is a supporter of the SDA’s No One Deserve A Serve campaign, which emphasises that everyone has the right to a safe work environment, free of physical and verbal abuse.
Chief Executive Officer
Australasian Association of Convenience Stores
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