Southland shoppers and works have protest edthe introduction of paid parking at Cheltenham shopping centre today.
The new plans will see patrons who park for longer than three hours charged.
Workers will be forced to pay $5 a day to park in a designated area at the shopping centre.
The new payment system aims to stop commuters using the shopping centre as a park-and-ride when the Southland station opens in November.
Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association Secretary Michael Donovan condemned the new fee, saying it was a “double-barrelled blow” to retail workers.
“We condemn this unfair and exorbitant cost being imposed by Westfield,” he said.
“Retail and fast food workers are lower-paid workers and cannot afford to pay $1,300 per year to attend work. Until today there was no charge for parking at work.”
Mr Donovan called on Westfield to revoke the parking charges and guarantee free parking for all employees.
Southland workers, shoppers and union members to lined up outside Southland Shopping Centre today from 9am today in protest.