Subway restaurants are foreign formula fast food, FFFF.
Typically in Sydney and surrounds this foreign corporate chain of stores employs mainly Sri Lanka asylum seekers, otherwise revealed as illegal economic migrants. Some have connections to the Tamil Tigers. Or else you only find foreign students there and rarely, if ever, local Australians.
Subway has 1300 stores across Australia funding employment for foreign workers on scab 457 visas. It is as if there is a cosy employment arrangement between Australia’s Department of Immigration, CentreLink and Subway. Perhaps there is, but it is a public secret.
So buying from Subway means you are encouraging foreign scab labour and denying local Australians a job at a normal takeaway like a fish and chip shop or pie shop.
Subway underpays its foreign student workers anyway. In 2009, Indian student Prateek Sahni employed at Subway’s Melbourne CBD store was not paid for a week while on a so-called “trial”.
Sahni said he knew of at least five other students who also had not been paid. But then the manager was foreign as well, one Arab, Biltan Besim. The franschisee owner, was also foreign, African connected Kaba Investments. Foreign cultures, unAustralian values.
The food is not all fresh – the meat is halal and highly processed. It has a shelf life almost as long as KFC, another foreign fast food chain.
Subway’s chicken fillet for instance was found to have breach Australia’s advertising code in 2012 because it was not chicken fillet. The white rubbery looking object is made up of processed meat, shaped together to look like a fillet, and not in fact a genuine chicken fillet, as its Chicken Fillet Sub product suggests.
The crap that goes into Subway’s Chicken Fillet Sub includes: Salt, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Starch, Sugar, Herbs and Spices, Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein, Egg Albumen, Dehydrated Vegetable, Yeast Extract, Soy Sauce, Flavours, Maltodextrin, Acidity Regulators (331, 336), Whey Protein and some chicken.
Bowel cancer, heart disease here we come!
The meat is subject to bizarre halal and kosher rituals, so by the time the highly processed meat reaches the store, it has little resemblance to the animal.
Then Subway tried to sell its foot long subs at just eleven inches long, dudding customers of an inch. In 2007, Subway’s “Giant Sub” sandwiches, nominally each 3-foot long, but actually were just 2 feet 8 inches long.
Subway even duds is franchisees. In 1995, Subway’s owners were held liable for breach of contract and franchisees in Illinois USA and ordered to pay $10 million in damages for its lease and contract violations.
In 1989, the U.S. Small Business Administration refused small business loans to Subway franchise owners until Subway removed a contract clause which gave it power to seize and purchase any franchise without cause. A subsequent investigation into Subway between 1992 and 1998 found that,
“Subway is the biggest problem in franchising and emerges as one of the key examples of every abuse you can think of.”
So what with Subway is not suspect? It is corporate American owned and don’t the American multinational corporates know how to exploit workers and customers. They wrote the guidelines. They are currently writing the guidelines for the looming Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In terms of multinational exploitation, Australians ain’t seek nothing yet from corporate America.
Eat Fresh? Buy Local? Try your local fish and chips shop employing local Australians.