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Cost of Living Relief: Unions win massive pay rise

In June 2023, the Fair Work Commission handed down its Annual Wage Review decision, announcing massive pay rises for millions of workers.

From 1 July, the Retail Award pay rates increased by 5.75%.

This equates to an extra $1.34 in pay per hour for adult Level 1 workers on the retail award. 

This 5.75% will apply to rates of pay in the Awards and Enterprise Agreements where the rates of pay are determined by the Annual Wage Review.

At a time when many Australians are skipping meals, struggling to pay the bills and cutting out essentials, this pay rise is a necessity.

Strong wage increases like this – which deliver more money into the wallets of essential workers – is exactly what is needed to address this cost-of-living crisis.

This huge win wouldn’t have been possible without the support of SDA members.

While employer groups argued for pay rises as low as 3%, we campaigned out in stores and in your communities to ensure you received a real and immediate pay rise.

Over 3,500 workers joined the SDA’s campaign to lift wages and shared why they needed a pay rise this year.

If you work in retail, you can join over 200,000 members who stand up for fair pay at www.national.sda.com.au.