that both the 7 Eleven CEO Warren Wilmot and Chairmen Russ Withers have resigned, after the
systemic exploitation of migrant workers was revealed in their stores.
“The way these franchises so ruthlessly sought to exploit people is an outrage. I am pleased to
see these acts were brought to light and that management of these franchises are being held to
A recent Fairfax investigation into the industrial conditions of 7 Eleven employees revealed
systematic exploitation of workers with regard to withheld wages, 18 hour shifts without breaks,
doctoring of payroll records, and the threat of deportation by forcing workers to break visa
On the 17 September Daniel Mookhey moved a motion in the NSW Legislative Council
condemning 7-Eleven for its exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers.
The motion recognised that many of the people taken advantage of by the 7-Eleven franchise
were “international students, recent migrants and people on working visas”.
“The fight for justice for these workers is far from over, compensation for loss earnings and
guarantees that this exploitation does not take place in the future are necessary next steps to
ensure fairness in these Australian workplaces.
“I also welcome the actions of the Federal Leader of the Labor Party Bill Shorten in his call for
amnesty for these workers so that they can come forward with more evidence of their exploitation
without fear of deportation.”