SDA Secures New Coles Agreement

Following extensive negotiations Coles and the SDA agreed on a draft new Enterprise Agreement in September 2017.

Questions about your pay? Read about how your pay is protected here.

For a full summary of the proposed Agreement, click here.

The SDA set out to negotiate the Agreement with four key priorities, endorsed at multiple meetings by SDA Delegates and Shop Stewards from stores throughout Australia:

  • Protect take-home pay
  • Improve penalty rates
  • Secure hard-won SDA Union conditions
  • Ensure pay rises for everyone

The proposed Agreement represents a significant change in conditions of employment at Coles.

Due to the end of the Coles Enterprise Award and the Fair Work Commission decision on the 2014 Coles Agreement, the proposed Agreement is based on a framework consistent with the General Retail Industry Award. The SDA worked hard to secure a wage structure that protects existing staff and ensures wage increases into the future.

Without a new Agreement Coles workers may revert to the Award with no take-home pay protections and all over-Award conditions lost. REMEMBER! No new Agreement goes through without a vote of Coles employees.

VOTE RESULT: Coles workers vote yes! Following two and half weeks of roll out and thousands of meetings in stores across the country – voting took place from 14 February to 25 February 2018. In the ballot, an overwhelming 90% voted in favour of the new Coles Agreement. The new Agreement was approved by the Fair Work Commission and took effect from 30 April 2018.

If you have any questions, you can also call your local SDA Branch here.



Coles Transition Payment – September 2018
The new Coles Agreement came into effect on 30 April 2018. Some Coles Employees may be eligible for an additional payment (the ‘Transition Payment’) which is to be paid on 26 September 2018. Are you eligible? Click here.