Unions win wage increase for essential workers

The Fair Work Commission has handed down the Annual Wage Review decision.

There will be a 2.5% increase to the minimum wage and Awards. This increase will flow on to most SDA members.

Unfortunately, the Commission has again unfairly decided to delay the increase for retail workers until 1 September this year. This is unacceptable and the SDA will be pushing for every major retail employer to pay this increase from 1 July.

SDA members have campaigned and won this wage increase, despite business lobby groups calling for a wage freeze.

SDA members should be proud for campaigning and winning a pay rise – thank you for your support.

Our work continues – we need to ensure that employers pass on this wage increase to their workers on 1 July.

Thank you to those who supported the SDA’s campaign for a pay rise for essential workers.

By supporting our campaign, you have helped deliver a 2.5% wage increase for millions of workers across the country – despite employer lobby groups doing their best to stop it.

Our essential pay rise petition has over 9.2k supporters and helped the SDA and Australians Unions demonstrate why essential workers deserve this pay rise.

This union win is a clear example of how important it is to stand to together to campaign for better pay and conditions in your workplace.

The SDA will continue to keep all members up to date with information about their pay and conditions.


The Fair Work Commission decision by industry: 
General Retail Industry Award – 2.5% on 1 September 2021
Fast Food Industry Award – 2.5% on 1 July 2021
Pharmacy Industry Award – 2.5% on 1 July 2021
Storage Services Award – 2.5% on 1 July 2021
Hair and Beauty Industry Award – 2.5% on 1 November 2021