Are you planning on getting a casual job to make some extra cash over the holiday period? This is one of the busiest times of the year for the retail and fast food industries. Many shops put on extra staff to cover their increased work load.
It is common for bosses to try and rip young workers off during this period. Problems you may face at work include the underpayment of wages, not being given rest breaks, bullying and harassment or unsafe working conditions.
It is important that you are a member of UNITE so that we can represent you if any issues arise. UNITE is the fighting union for fast food and retail workers in Victoria and we help our members sort out a whole range of workplace issues. Be it negotiating a workplace agreement or making sure your boss sticks to it, UNITE will be there.
If your boss tells you that you are not allowed to join the union or that there is no union that represents your job they are lying! All workers are allowed to join a union if they wish to. It is illegal for employers to sack staff because they are union members or to coerce workers into not joining unions.
If you join UNITE your boss does not need to know you are a member. UNITE will never pass on your personal details to any third party. The benefit of being a member of UNITE is that if you come across any problems at work we can help you out. If you are not a member unfortunately you are on your own.
UNITE also has the cheapest union fees in the country ranging from $1 – $5 per week. So don’t wait until it’s to late, join UNITE today. For more information contact the UNITE Office.