We talked to Regis about the pay increase and their attempts to reduce penalty rates on some shifts at the latest bargaining meeting.
Although the minimum wage went up by 5.2% at Fair Work, Regis don’t want to change their lowball offer. The increase Regis is offering is front-loaded, so a 5% increase this year followed by two 2.5% increases will see you back down to around award wage rates again, while inflation is expected to keep going up.
If you accept a reduction in your penalty rates, you will never get them back either. If Regis want to compensate workers for working night shifts, they can always increase the penalty rates for those shifts. Saying they can’t do that because they want to give you a near-award pay offer is nonsense.
Regis will send us their calculated pay tables, and we’ll let you know what the pay rates are once we receive them.
It’s time to stand up against Regis’s attempts to cut your take-home pay. If you know someone who is not yet a HACSU member, tell them to join as a strong united front is the only way for us to win.