Workers foot bill to park
Plan to make Carousel staff pay
A UNION for retail and fast food workers held a protest outside Carousel Shopping Centre last week against the introduction of paid parking for staff. In May, the Canning
Times revealed staff would be the worst hit by Westfield’s plans to implement paid parking at Carousel, with staff and tenants charged $3 a day.
Patrons would generally be charged incrementally after three hours at the centre, or four hours if they have a movie ticket.
Speaking at the rally on Tuesday morning, SDA WA secretary Peter O’Keeffe said the introduction of paid parking for staff was an unfair cost that would hit workers hard.
“With customers getting free parking for the first three hours or completely free after 5.30pm, the only people who will be paying these fees are shopping centre workers,” Mr O’Keefe said.
“It will cost them up to $780 a year.
“That is an enormous and unavoidable cost for retail workers to bear, simply for showing up to work.”
A spokeswoman for Westfield reiterated the centre’s prior information regarding paid parking regulations.
“To help alleviate parking pressure and to make it easier for customers to find a park, we have introduced Park+ at Westfield Carousel as part of the wider redevelopment,” she said.
“The new parking system includes licence plate recognition technology so customers won’t need a paper ticket, parking guidance to make it easier to find a bay and valet parking.
“The majority of customers will continue to park free of charge with a three-hour free parking period, with those seeing a movie receiving an extra free hour upon validation.
“Parking will also be free of charge with entry after 5.30pm.”
Premier Mark McGowan sided with retail workers on the day of the protest.
“We’re looking at what we can do to ensure that both the workforce and small business people in these shopping centres can be excluded from the payments,” he said. “I think it’s a bit rich. “It hasn’t been done before. “I don’t like it.” “I think people in retail and small business deserve to be exempted.”