“The retail industry has traditionally been a willing contributor to giving school students their start in the workforce, the ability to gain an independent income and learn valuable skills beyond the classroom. School students are now being denied this opportunity because the General Retail Industry Award dictates shifts for casual workers must be a minimum of three hours.
“We know from the evidence we have gathered so far retailers are not only having to withdraw after school job opportunities for students, but obligations under the Modern Award also mean they have to review their rosters and staffing levels in general, as well as their ability to stay open for the hours that customers need to shop,” Zimmerman adds.
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