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Every year the SDA and Australian Unions argue for fair and decent pay rises in the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review.

The SDA runs strong campaigns to lift wages because SDA members are essential workers who deserve pay rises that keep up with the cost of living.

What Happened Last Year?

The SDA argued for a fair wage rise in the Fair Work Commission and at the same time hundreds of new members joined the SDA to show their support for fair pay rises.

Many employer groups argued to delay pay rises or only have minimal pay rises.

When it comes to the Annual Wage Review, employer lobby groups push back against pay rises while unions argue for your wages to go up.

In 2022, we won a pay rise of $40 per week to modern awards for workers earning up to $869.60 per week and a 4.6% increase to rates above that. This equates to a 4.7% increase for a Level 1 retail employee covered by the award.

Without continued campaigning from the SDA and SDA members, employer lobby groups will continue to call for minimal or no increases at all. We need to make sure that does not happen.

In 2023, we need your help as we campaign for a pay rise without delay. By completing this survey, you’re helping provide valuable feedback we can use in our arguments to win a pay rise.

Essential workers need a wage rise in 2023 – let’s make it happen together.

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