After a series of scandals involving former boss Bernard Hogan-Howe and retailer boss Richard Lewis, retail boss Jeremy Hunt said it was time for retailers to start acting like bosses and take a “fair shake”.
We’re just in the beginning of this journey, he said in a statement.
“In the meantime, we are working to bring retailers back to the workplace in a way that is fair to both them and the people they serve,” Hunt said.
“Retailers need to do more than make their own decisions; they need to respect their employees and their customers.”
This will mean recognising and respecting the needs of all retail employees.
“Aftermath of Harvey and the Harvey tragedyA review by the Australian Retailers Association found that in the aftermath of the Harvey disaster, retailers and managers had not done enough to protect employees and the community.
It also found there was “a clear risk of an ongoing deterioration in workplace wellbeing”, with “significant risks to the wellbeing of staff, the community and the broader community”.”
Hunt told Channel Seven on Wednesday that the review found “there has been a real lack of investment in training and awareness of workplace safety”.””
We have seen significant progress made by retailers and retailers are still suffering from the aftermath and impact of Harvey.”
Hunt told Channel Seven on Wednesday that the review found “there has been a real lack of investment in training and awareness of workplace safety”.
“It’s very hard for anyone to look at a disaster like this and say, ‘OK, I’m not going to invest in the training’,” he said.
“So we’re just going to go back to where we were, which is to do everything we can to ensure that every single employee, including staff, has the skills and the support they need.”
Hunt said the review recommended a “robust and effective” system for dealing with workplace safety, including: “a new training system” to help staff recognise when something is wrong and how to get help; “new guidance on how to report serious incidents of harassment to management; and”new policies to support employees who are involved in workplace incidents.
“In the aftermath, many retailers have gone on strike, including Whole Foods, Coles, Colgate-Palmolive and Boots.
Hunt said it would be wrong for retailers not to “move quickly” to improve the safety of staff.”
There are lessons we can learn from Harvey, and there’s lessons we could learn from this situation,” he said, adding that he was committed to continuing to push retailers to improve their safety.”
We want to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
“So we are continuing to make that case.”