Retailers back calls to not bag staff over bag ban

The National Retail Association (NRA) has echoed calls from the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) for Queensland shoppers to not bag retail staff when the state-wide plastic bag ban takes effect on Sunday (1 July 2018).

From July 1 2018 Queensland will join a host of other states and territories to ban the supply of single-use light-weight plastic shopping bags.

NRA CEO Dominique Lamb urged shoppers to not take out any frustrations on staff just doing their job.

“The NRA has been working in conjunction with the Queensland Government and retailers across the state to ensure that the sector is as prepared as possible for when the ban takes effect this Sunday July 1 2018,” Ms Lamb said.

“We’re confident that retail businesses are prepared and the public adequately informed but if shoppers do experience any frustrations we urge them not to take them out on staff.

“On Sunday (1 July 2018) retail staff will just be there doing what they always do – their job. They do not deserve to be on the receiving end of any grievances regarding customers no longer able to access plastic bags for items purchased.”

Source: NRA