In 2018, Carousel staff, shop assistants and small business owners and managers didn’t have to pay to park at work.
Now, they have to pay at least $3 per day to park at work.
On $21.05 an hour, that’s more than one week’s worth of wages each year.
They can’t claim the parking back on their tax return.
Everything seems to be going up and up, it’s getting tougher and tougher – and now staff have to pay $3 more per day to get to and from work safely.
Not everything comes for free, but Scentre – the owners of Westfield – is making at least $750,000 from staff parking each year at Carousel alone.
Scentre say it’s because of a planning requirement – but that requirement does not exist anymore.
It just doesn’t seem fair.
Carousel staff shouldn’t have to pay for a bay.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are a number of actions you can take to assist staff and the SDA in their fight for free, safe parking at Carousel.
Follow the campaign on social media
The Park the Fee – WA Facebook page is where you’ll find all the updates on our campaign for safe and free parking. Like, comment and share our updates with your friends.
Tell your friends and colleagues about the campaign
Write or call your local shopping centre
Get in touch with your local shopping centre to let them know that you don’t support the introduction of paid parking.
Join the union
If you or your colleagues are yet to join the SDA, now is your chance. The more united the workers are in the fight against paid parking the greater chance of success we have. Through stronger resistance, more resources, and increased community support we can all defeat paid parking.
The SDA recognises the financial strain paying for parking places on retail and fast food workers. The union remains committed to fighting for free and safe parking for its entire membership, however, it’s recognised there are differences between inner-city workplaces and suburban shopping centres in relation to public transport access and existing parking infrastructure. The circumstances at Carousel Shopping Centre mean about three quarters of a million dollars is being taken straight from the pockets of retail workers each year and placed directly into Westfield’s corporate coffers. As customers have access to free parking this cost places an unjust burden on workers to pay for the recent $350 million upgrades.
The SDA shares the broader community’s disapproval of all paid parking at shopping centres, however, the union has a duty to its membership. At Carousel customers are provided with at least three hours of free parking, Retail and fast food workers get no concession – a flat fee for simply turning up to work each day. The SDA remains committed to fighting for the provision of free and safe parking for retail and fast food workers.
The SDA is bracing for a much larger fight – in short – we don’t believe the shopping centres when they say they have no plans to introduce paid parking. A very important component of the fight against paid parking at Carousel is stopping the “normalisation” of paid parking in shopping centres across WA. If the workers, together with the union, can turn back the tide at Carousel we can reverse the potential tsunami of paid parking across the rest of the state.