Essential Report

7-Eleven workers

Sep 8, 2015

Q. It has recently been reported that international students working at 7-Eleven stores have been systematically underpaid. Which of the following statements most reflects your view?

Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
International students are lucky to get any work and should be happy with whatever they are paid. 10% 10% 13% 7% 8%
Just like any workers, international students deserve to receive a fair wage. 71% 64% 75% 82% 83%
If international students are underpaid it drives down wages for others. 11% 16% 7% 8% 5%
Don’t know 9% 10% 5% 3% 4%

The majority if Australians (71%) believe that just like any workers, international students deserve to receive a fair wage.

Just 10% believe that international students are lucky to get any work and should be happy with whatever they are paid. 11% believe that if international students are underpaid it drives down wages for others.

64% of Labor, 75% of Liberal/National and 82% of Greens voters believe that just like any workers, international students deserve to receive a fair wage.

Responsibility for underpayment of 7-Eleven workers

Sep 8, 2015

Q. Who do you think is mainly responsible for the underpayment of 7-Eleven workers? 

Total

 

  Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
The workers themselves 3% 3% 6% 2%
The individual store owners 33% 35% 37% 19% 32%
The 7-Eleven company 49% 50% 46% 67% 52%
The Government 4% 5% 3% 6% 4%
Don’t know 10% 7% 9% 9% 11%

The largest proportion of Australians (49%) believe that the 7-Eleven company is mainly responsible for the underpayment of workers.

A further 33% believe that the individual store owners are responsible.

Just 3% blame the workers themselves, and 4% the government. 10% don’t know.

Greens voters (67%) were more likely than the other voting groups to blame the 7-Eleven company.

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