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Fair Work Commission rules young retail workers will receive full adult rate of pay

Thousands of young retail workers will earn the full adult rate of pay after the wages umpire scrapped junior rates for some levels of employment.

The Fair Work Commission has decided junior employee rates will no longer apply to retail workers at level four and above.

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association national secretary Gerard Dwyer said previous arrangements discriminated against adult and junior workers.

“Junior employees could be favoured over adults because of the lower rates,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

“On the other hand, it discriminated against junior workers because they were doing the work of an adult and getting a lower rate of pay.”

Thousands of young Australian retail workers are due for a hefty pay rise. File image. Credit: Daria Nipot/Getty Images/iStockphoto

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