SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said the new agreement, which will come into effect from Monday, January 14, protects home payments, improves penalties, ensures the hard-won conditions of the SDA and ensures that all Woolworths employees receive pay increases. The key elements of the new agreement, which ensures wages and working conditions for the next four years, are: no current team member will be recruited as a shift worker. Current team members can only become shift workers by mutual agreement. The SDA will continue to provide in-store updates and at www.sda.com.au/woolworths For more information on improvements to the new Woolworths Convention, visit www.sda.com.au/woolworths. ”Woolworth workers earn wages and fair terms, and this new agreement certainly provides that,” Dwyer said. Since February, the SDA has been negotiating a new supermarket agreement with Woolworths, and we continue to work hard to reach a new agreement: a Woolworths spokesperson did not respond to questions on the service boards, but said they were indicative. He said the union`s claims to its 2012 agreement were ”baseless and we reject them.” The spokesperson said that the 2012 agreement was supported by more than 95 per cent of the workers who voted for it and that it was ”subsequently approved by the Fair Work Commission in accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Act.” The AWU (in North Queensland) and AMIEU (Meat Union) have partnered with the SDA to reach an agreement in principle. The agreements should not have been approved by the Fair Work Commission, which imposes a labour agreement to pass the ”best overall test.” This test requires that each employee receive more than the bonus. We continue to fight for the new agreement: to reach an agreement, employers must submit to the Fair Work Commission guidance tables that indicate people`s working hours and compare allocation rates with what they would get under the agreement.
The employer and the union also sign a legal declaration. The company`s 2012 enterprise agreement was eventually approved, resulting in tens of thousands of workers being underpaid by $1 billion, after the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) showed that Woolworths ”knowingly and deliberately” misled the Fair Labour Commission. The SDA will continue to represent members in any disputes or disagreements they may have in the company`s decision to restructure the business. Fair Work Commission approval comes after Woolworths employees voted overwhelmingly (93%) for the new agreement. Each company had negotiated employment contracts with shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association that exchanged penalty interest and other fees for a slight increase in hourly rates.