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UNION WIN: Higher casual penalty rates for retail workers

Last year the SDA, the union for retail workers, WON higher penalty rates in the Retail Award for casuals working after 6pm weeknights and on Saturdays.

These changes are being phased in over a few years from 2018 through to 2021.

From 1 October 2019, penalty rates under the Retail Award for casuals are increasing to:

  • After 6pm Monday to Friday: 135%
  • Saturdays: 145%

It’s important for workers to receive higher rates of pay when they’re in casual work and when they’re working unsociable hours as fair compensation. That’s why the SDA has and always will fight to protect penalty rates and improve your pay and conditions at work.

If you’re affected by these changes, remember to check your next payslip to make sure you’re being paid correctly.

This applies to casual workers covered by the Retail Award but improvements to casual penalty rates also flow on to many SDA-negotiated Agreements. These companies include:

Best & Less
Big W
Coles Supermarkets
Country Road Group
David Jones
Harris Scarfe
Just Group
Woolworths Supermarkets

Check in with the SDA for specifc information and advice. about your wages.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with your local SDA Branch today.