|Issue No 67||18 August 2000|
SDA Launches Appeal for Struggling Multinational
The SDA has stepped up its campaign against Westfield's 'pay-to-work' scheme by encouraging shop assistants to donate money to 'the struggling multinational' in its time of need.
'Shop assistants are now being charged $4 a day to park at work. A full-time adult employee will lose more than two weeks pay every year simply to come to work,' says Greg Donnelly, NSW Secretary of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (Shop Assistants Union.)
'Westfield must be doing it tough if they have to come after shop assistants for extra money. That's why the SDA is launching an appeal for shop assistants to donate 5c and 10c pieces to help Westfield in such difficult times,' he says.
'This should perhaps become part of a statewide, even national appeal to help this struggling multi-national company that is doing it tough.'
The SDA distributed money boxes at a lunch time meeting of more than 500 members at Burwood Park, opposite Westfield Burwood today. On one side they say 'stop Westfield's greedy grab.'
'At least $960 per year out of the hip pocket of shop assistants represents over two weeks wages for full-time adult retail employees, and much, much more for many part-time, casual and junior employees,' Donnelly says.
The State Award for a shop assistant currently stands at $458.80 per week ($12 per hour). The seventeen year old full time rate is $275.30 per week ($7.24 per hour).
'The charge will have a devastating impact on the majority of working mothers and young women in the industry who rely upon their car to get to work,' Donnelly said.
We hoped that Westfield would understand how unfair it is to penalize shop assistants for coming to work. We want free parking not fee parking.'
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