ARA supports retail staff campaign

Against customer abuse.

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is supporting the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association’s (SDA) ‘No One Deserves a Serve’ campaign to treat retail workers with respect throughout the festive season.

According to a recent survey of over 1,000 employees conducted by the SDA, an overwhelming 87% of workers had experienced verbal abuse or aggressive behaviour from customers.

ARA executive director, Russell Zimmerman said although the Christmas period can be a stressful time for consumers, it is important to approach retail workers with patience and respect.

“With Christmas being the peak season for trade,shoppers will be pouring into retail stores to purchase the ultimate gifts for their friends and family and retail staffed are primed and ready to assist,” Zimmerman said.

“In the rush to finalise their gift shopping,shoppers should pause and remember that retailers will be working tirelessly to ensure that each individual customer receives exceptional customer service and their desired products in time for the big day.

“While this can be a stressful time for many shoppers, staff in retail stores are there to help and should not be made the target of bullying, abuse or harassment; no one deserves a serve.”

The SDA survey also found that 41% of respondents of the survey were 17 years or under and 71% were women.

“This bustling festive season provides the perfect opportunity for young retail workers to earn extra wages and can even be the initial stepping-stone into a thriving career,” Zimmerman said.

“As a result, consumers need to be mindful of this and be patient and co-operative with retail staff during this busy time,because at the end of the day retail workers are people too.”

The ARA will continue to support the SDA’s campaign and advocate to ensure that during the pre-Christmas and summer sales periods,employees are working within a safe environment during this peak trading season.

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