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In Tasmania, we have over 6,000 members in the retail, fast food, hairdressing, beauty and modelling industries.
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305, 2017

SDA Tas Branch is raising funds. Here’s how you can help…

May 3rd, 2017|

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1004, 2017

Liberals fight against wage increase for Australia’s low-paid workers

April 10th, 2017|

Yesterday, the SDA applied to raise the base rate of pay for retail, fast food and pharmacy workers covered by Awards by 10% in addition to the $45 increase sought by the ACTU.

The Liberal Government has now announced it will fight AGAINST our push to raise the wages of some of Australia’s lowest paid workers, who are facing cuts to Sunday penalty rates.

Read full story here: Daily Telegraph

In another out of touch move by the Liberals, their submission to the Annual Wage Review warned against ‘excessive’ increases to the minimum wage.

They have tried to justify their submission against raising the minimum wage because workers in the retail, fast food and pharmacy industries are women and young people from high-income households.

Their submission, defended by Senator Michaelia Cash this morning, is based on a ridiculous and inaccurate assumption that low-paid workers don’t need pay rises because they are ‘often found in high-income households’.

This is another blatant Liberal Lie. These are some of Australia’s lowest paid workers, many are already struggling to make ends meet and earning $30,000 or less per year. They are hard-working families, students, single parents doing it tough – not workers from ‘well-off’ families.

These workers are among 700,000 workers who are facing a pay cut of up to $2,000 every year if cuts to penalty rates go ahead.

They were denied an opportunity to negotiate for better pay and conditions and will be forced to take a pay cut they cannot afford if penalty rates are reduced because of the Fair Work Commission decision.

Penalty rates are not a luxury, they put food on the table, petrol in the car and pay for ever-increasing electricity and health bills.

It is unfair for Malcolm Turnbull to propose a $50 billion corporate tax cut, no doubt to the benefit of high income households, while at the very same time supporting cuts to penalty rates and trying to stop fair and necessary wage increases for almost 1 million low-paid Australian workers.

SDA Agreements have consistently negotiated higher base rates to compensate for any changes to penalty rates. If the Commission does not set aside their cuts to penalty rates, increasing the base hourly rate in the Award is the only way to protect take-home pay.

That’s why the SDA is pushing for significant increases to base rates pay for retail, fast food and pharmacy workers in the Annual Wage Review.

Listen to Employment Minister Senator Cash try to justify their failure to protect the wages of workers here: 3aw

 

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