Retail in Asia

7-Eleven Australia takes over two stores underpaying workers

7-Eleven’s head office has taken control of two stores in Australia’s New South Wales after discovering the owner had underpaid his workers.

The company, which was rocked last year by revelations of widespread wage fraud, said the action was taken following an audit of the two stores.

"Effective today, 7-Eleven has taken operational control of the stores concerned and existing staff will be offered ongoing employment," interim chief executive Bob Baily said in a statement. "The decision to terminate was taken after an extensive investigation by a team of professionals engaged by 7-Eleven to review a range of materials relating to the operation of the particular stores in question."