3.5% Wage Increase Submission Sent to FWC

Every year the trade union movement argues for a fair pay rise for Australians in the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review.

The SDA supports the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) submission this year calling for a 3.5% or $25.38 per week increase to the minimum wage.

The SDA has also filed a submission to the Fair Work Commission outlining our arguments for a pay rise.

SDA members are essential workers working across retail, fast food, warehousing and pharmacy – it is crucial for you to receive an increase to your pay.

The SDA strongly believes:

  • Essential workers should be recognised for their hard work over the last 12 months which kept the country running, despite risks to their health & safety
  • Last year the Fair Work Commission delayed the pay rise for retail & fast food workers – this was extremely unfair and cannot happen again.
  • Australia needs a boost to the economy to help recover from the pandemic and providing workers with a fair wage increase means they have more money to spend in local businesses

Our submission includes feedback from SDA members who responded to our pay rise survey – thank you for telling us what a pay rise means to you.

This increase to the minimum wage will also apply to Awards which flow onto many SDA-negotiated Agreements.

The Annual Wage Review decision is expected to be handed down in late May or early June this year before taking affect from 1 July.

As with every year, the SDA and the Australian Union movement is fighting to secure the pay rise you deserve.

This is in stark comparison to employer lobby groups who are arguing for minimal or no increases at all.

That’s why it’s important for SDA union members to support our efforts to win a pay rise.

You can show your support by signing our petition calling for a pay rise online here. {LINK: https://national.sda.com.au/essential-payrise/}.

We will continue to keep you updated about the Annual Wage Review.

If you have any questions, please contact 1300 SDA HELP (1300 732 4357).

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