COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - SDA NSW

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:14:51): Never have we asked more of our retail employees and workers at the warehouses that supply them. Our community has finally recognised the essential role those workers play in ensuring that we have food on our tables, essential hygiene supplies and other life essentials.


I applaud the SDA NSW and its members, delegates, organisers and branch officials, who have worked together to protect the rights of workers across the retail, fast food and warehousing industries. I thank them for the proactive stance they have taken in support of their members. To protect workers and our wider community we need everyone to wear masks whenever they enter a shop. I acknowledge their advocacy for social distancing, sanitation, cashless payments, signage, customer numbers and security.


I also note the SDA's commendable No One Deserves A Serve campaign. Some shoppers have been abusive and even violent towards workers, and that is never acceptable. It should always be called out. I thank all retail, fast food and warehouse workers and their union for continuing to serve our communities in these difficult times.


Stay safe.