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Documentaries, society

7-Eleven: The Price of Convenience

YEAR: 2015 | LENGTH: 1 part (60 minutes)  |  SOURCE: 4CORNERS

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Gold Walkley Award-winning reporter Adele Ferguson returns to Four Corners with an investigation into the 7-Eleven business empire with revelations of dodgy bookkeeping, blackmail and the mass underpayment of its workforce.

7-Eleven is the business built for our convenience: selling the staples of life like milk, bread and phone cards, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With more than 600 stores around Australia, they serve around six customers every second and generate more than $3 billion in sales. “Welcome to a world of opportunity, brought to you by 7-Eleven, the brand that’s world famous.” 7-Eleven marketing Thousands of people around the country are employed in 7-Eleven stores, run by franchisees. But as this joint Four Corners/Fairfax investigation reveals, it’s a business model that relies on the exploitation of its workforce.