Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has apologised for accidentally mixing up his multi-national food chains.
Mr Shorten was left red-faced has after accidentally accusing Subway of ripping off its staff – the brand he meant to criticise was 7-Eleven.
Mr Shorten told a media conference in Sydney on Wednesday: “We’ve all been appalled and disgusted by the scenes at Subway – thousands of people are being ripped off.
“ However, he later apologised on Twitter saying he meant to say 7-Eleven. “Is it lunchtime yet? Might grab a sub,” Mr Shorten wrote.
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) September 2, 2015
7-Eleven store owners have admitted to short-changing staff wages by thousands of dollars. The Opposition Leader was lampooned on Twitter.
A joint Four Corners and Fairfax Media report exposed the wrongdoing. Mr Shorten said he was appalled by the worker rip-offs at 7Eleven stores.
“Why is the government so quick to pile in on its political opponents but missing on action when workers are being exploited?” he said in a statement.
“If this brings more attention to the plight of these workers, then I welcome that.”
– with AAP