The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) was launched on November 21 to challenge the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) in the wake of several wage scandals.
RAFFWU secretary Josh Cullinan said enterprise agreements struck between major retailers and the SDA mean “every day retail and fast food workers have over one million dollars taken from their pay packets”.
Cullinan said the RAFFWU is determined to help these underpaid workers.
"The plan is for us to launch a strong successful union led by retail and fast food workers; they haven't had that for decades.
“These workers don’t have anyone in their corner. That ends today. We will take back our penalty rates.”