“We are very pleased that this new agreement has been supported by Woolworths workers across Australia with 93% in favour,” said Dwywer. Negotiations for a new enterprise agreement have been ongoing for more than six months and are expected to move Woolworths employees from state wage rates to national wage rates for the first time. There are no current team members working in teams. Current team members can only become shift workers by mutual agreement. The action to terminate the 2012 Woolworths Enterprise Contract (EBA) was initiated by Woolworths worker Loukas Kakogiannis and supported by his union, the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU). The agreement also fulfils “hard-beaten SDA conditions,” such as voluntary work on public holidays and a 15-minute tea break. The SDA will continue to provide updates and www.sda.com.au/woolworths The agreement will be submitted to the Fair Work Commission for finalization. Dwyer is satisfied that the new agreement includes a wide range of conditions and premium rights mentioned above. “The agreement does not pay penalty interest on weeknights, On Saturdays during the day and lowers the Penalty Rate on Sunday.” The proposed agreement is already supported in principle by the SDA, the AWU [Australian Workers` Union] and the Australian Industry Workers` Association (AMIEU) and we are awaiting a response from RAFFWU. There are also special cooking arrangements for shift work.
There are no current members of the team who work in a pastry production team. Current team members can only become a bakery production worker by mutual agreement. The vote on the proposed woolworths agreement will take place from 11 to 22 October 2018 by online vote. Since February, the SDA has been negotiating a new supermarket agreement with Woolworth and we continue to work hard to reach a new agreement: Josh Cullinan, secretary of the RAUFFU, said that the old agreement was approved because the Fair Work Commission had relied on misleading documents from Woolworths and the SDA. Average hours are based on actual working hours in May, June and July 2018. Woolworth employees voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new enterprise agreement that restores weekend sentences and protects home pay. We continue to fight for the new agreement: the SDA has just reached an agreement in principle with Woolworths for a new agreement on the Woolworth supermarks. Enterprise agreements are based on the minimum conditions of Modern Awards and/or vary them.