Work­ers foot bill to park

Plan to make Carousel staff pay

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jaime Shurmer

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.”

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