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Good news! Proposal for new Harris Scarfe Agreement to secure improvements to pay and conditions

Over the last month, the SDA met with Harris Scarfe for negotiations for a proposed new Harris Scarfe Agreement.

In good news for Harris Scarfe members, the SDA and Harris Scarfe have finalised a proposed new Agreement.

The proposed new Harris Agreement secures your pay and conditions over the next few years, including pay rises.

The proposal includes the following:

  • Wage increases that are in line with the Annual Wage Review decision and incorporate an increasing premium over the life of the proposed Agreement
  • Payment of penalty rates on personal leave
  • Improvement to leave entitlements including only having to provide evidence for the care of a person who is frail, aged or has a long-term disability once for a 12-month period instead of each time
  • Increase to permanent part time minimum hours
  • Inclusion of a higher duties allowance
  • Increases to casual penalty rates and overtime rates
  • Increases to allowances
  • All required training to be done at work and on paid time
  • Improvements to Work, Health and Safety including access to safe car parking

Over the coming weeks, SDA Organisers will be out in stores talking to members about how this impacts you so you can make an informed decision before voting.

Remember, no proposed Harris Scarfe Agreement can be put in place without a positive vote of employees. Voting will occur online from 28 June to 4 July 2023. You will have the final say when it comes to any new Harris Scarfe Agreement.

We will continue to update all members throughout this process.

If you have any questions about this or any other workplace matter, please contact the SDA via your local Branch at

Supporting the proposed Harris Scarfe Agreement is the best way to secure your pay and conditions over the next few years.

Before you vote, it’s important to carefully consider what’s important to you at work.

That’s why the SDA has summarised any changes that may impact you.