The restaurant industry is experiencing a record number of restaurant fatalities and restaurant-related injuries, but according to a report from the Australian Restaurant and Catering Association, there are more than 10 million Australians employed in the restaurant sector.
The Association’s chief executive, Peter Tannen, said more than a third of restaurant workers were working in restaurants and they were working longer hours than ever before.
“The fact that more than half of Australian restaurants are still in operation today, and there are only a handful of remaining small business establishments, has a direct impact on restaurant safety,” he said.
“There’s a lot of people that come into these restaurants who’ve had no experience of working in the hospitality industry before, who are working in an environment where they’re not familiar with what it is like to be at work and what to expect when they leave their job.”
Mr Tann, who has been in the industry for more than 25 years, said the industry was working hard to address the issue.
“It’s a problem that needs to be addressed,” he told news.com, “and this is something that the restaurant community is now really working towards.”
I think we’ve come a long way in the last two or three years.
We’re going to have to continue to take the initiative and be a lot more forward thinking.
“He said there was no doubt that more restaurants needed to be reopened to help prevent a repeat of the 2008 coronavirus pandemic.”
We need to have the capacity to reopen our restaurants, we need to be able to reopen some of our more vulnerable restaurants to allow people to return home and enjoy their evening,” he added.
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