SDA Secures In-Principle Agreement with Woolworths

The SDA is now negotiating with Woolworths. 

As endorsed by your SDA Workplace Delegates the SDA will be fighting for:

  • Protection of take-home pay
  • Improved penalty rates
  • Securing hard-won SDA Union conditions
  • Ensuring wage increases for everyone

The best way for the SDA to get you pay increases into the future and protect your hard-won SDA Union conditions is through a new Enterprise Agreement. That’s why commencing bargaining is so important.

We will keep you updated with major developments as negotiations progress.

No new Agreement will come into place without first being voted upon by Woolworths Supermarkets employees.

If you have any questions, please call your local SDA Branch here. Not a member? Join at national.sda.com.au

UPDATE: SDA reaches in-principle agreement with Woolworths for new Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement.

The SDA has now reached an in-principle agreement with Woolworths for a new Woolworths Supermarkets Enterprise Agreement.

The SDA set out to negotiate an Agreement with four key priorities which were endorsed by SDA Delegates throughout Australia. The SDA believes the proposed Agreement delivers on those four key priorities:

  • Protecting take-home pay
  • Improving penalty rates
  • Securing hard-won SDA union conditions
  • Ensuring pay rises for everyone

Negotiations with the Company, took place over 25 days throughout this year and involved significant complexity given the change under consideration.

SDA store Delegates recently met throughout Australia to hear a detailed report on the progress of negotiations for a new enterprise Agreement. SDA Delegates endorsed the negotiations and authorised the SDA to finalise a new Agreement.

To ensure the best possible outcome for Woolworths workers, the SDA deployed its most experienced negotiating team.

The proposed Agreement contains:

  • Pay increases.
  • Improved early morning, weeknight, Saturday and Sunday penalty rates.
  • A one-off payment of up to $1100 in cash and gift cards (depending on hours worked and length of service).
  • An above award rate of pay for every hour of every day.
  • A laundry allowance payable to workers who wear preferred dress or launder a uniform.
  • Most of the superior conditions from the current Agreement including voluntary work on public holidays and 15-minute tea breaks.
  • Protections for take home pay of current employees.
  • Better rostering conditions- including removal of the 20% hours reduction provision for part timers.
  • A clause allowing casuals to convert to part time.
  • Paid domestic violence leave.

The in-principle Agreement is subject to drafting and soon SDA Organisers and Delegates will be briefing Team Members on the proposal.

Woolworths workers across Australia will be given the opportunity to vote on the new Agreement. You will receive all the information you need to make an informed decision about your pay and conditions. No new Agreement can be put in place unless a majority of voting Woolworths workers vote ‘YES.’

It will then go to the Fair Work Commission to be approved.

The AWU (in North Queensland) and the AMIEU (Meat Union) have joined with the SDA in reaching in-principle agreement Woolworths.

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The SDA has now reached an in-principle agreement with Woolworths for a new Woolworths Supermarkets Enterprise Agreement.

 

The SDA set out to negotiate an Agreement with four key priorities which were endorsed by SDA Delegates throughout Australia. The SDA believes the proposed Agreement delivers on those four key priorities:

 

  • Protecting take-home pay
  • Improving penalty rates
  • Securing hard-won SDA union conditions
  • Ensuring pay rises for everyone

 

Negotiations with the Company, took place over 25 days throughout this year and involved significant complexity given the change under consideration.

 

SDA store Delegates recently met throughout Australia to hear a detailed report on the progress of negotiations for a new enterprise Agreement. SDA Delegates endorsed the negotiations and authorised the SDA to finalise a new Agreement.

 

To ensure the best possible outcome for Woolworths workers, the SDA deployed its most experienced negotiating team.

 

The proposed Agreement contains:

  • Pay increases.
  • Improved early morning, weeknight, Saturday and Sunday penalty rates.
  • A one-off payment of up to $1100 in cash and gift cards (depending on hours worked and length of service).
  • An above award rate of pay for every hour of every day.
  • A laundry allowance payable to workers who wear preferred dress or launder a uniform.
  • Most of the superior conditions from the current Agreement including voluntary work on public holidays and 15-minute tea breaks.
  • Protections for take home pay of current employees.
  • Better rostering conditions- including removal of the 20% hours reduction provision for part timers.
  • A clause allowing casuals to convert to part time.
  • Paid domestic violence leave.

 

The in-principle Agreement is subject to drafting and soon SDA Organisers and Delegates will be briefing Team Members on the proposal.

 

Woolworths workers across Australia will be given the opportunity to vote on the new Agreement. You will receive all the information you need to make an informed decision about your pay and conditions. No new Agreement can be put in place unless a majority of voting Woolworths workers vote ‘YES.’

 

It will then go to the Fair Work Commission to be approved.

 

The AWU (in North Queensland) and the AMIEU (Meat Union) have joined with the SDA in reaching in-principle agreement Woolworths.

 

The SDA will continue to provide updates to you in store and at www.sda.com.au/woolworths

 

If you have any questions, please contact your local SDA Branch.

The SDA and Woolworths met today and have made further progress towards finalising a new Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement for you to consider.

So far in negotiations, the SDA has achieved:

  • The protection of take-home pay
  • Wage increases for all employees
  • New and improved penalty rates
  • Protection of hard-won union conditions
  • A new laundry allowance to be paid to all staff
  • A bonus to be paid to all staff
  • No 20% reduction in hours clause
  • A clause to allow casuals to convert to part-time or full-time
  • Paid domestic violence leave

There are some outstanding matters still to be resolved which include;

  • The complete wage package
  • Public holiday conditions
  • The dispute procedure

With the support of SDA Members across Australia we will continue to fight for the best pay and conditions possible at Woolworths.

Thank you to all Woolworths workers who are working hard through the change of new bans on single-use plastic bags.

The SDA’s Don’t Bag Retail Staff campaign has received national media coverage as we continue to remind customers that abusive and violent behaviour will not be tolerated. (See our ad here)

We continue to support our members on this issue and recognise that while this is a change many customers and the wider community support you and your efforts during this transition.

Remember your rights under the new rules, to report all incidents of abusive behaviour and to always follow safe work practices. Reporting incidents help to strengthen our case for better protections for workers.

Negotiations for new Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement

The SDA has been negotiating with Woolworths for a new Supermarkets Agreement on an ongoing basis since February and we are continuing to work hard to deliver a new agreement that:

  • Protects Take Home Pay
  • Ensures Wage Increases for Everyone
  • Improves Penalty Rates
  • Secures Hard Won SDA Union Conditions

The SDA is working to finalise a new Agreement as soon as possible that will be available for Woolworths employees to consider over the next few months.

If you have any questions, please call the SDA.

SDA and Woolworths have met over the past two days as part of negotiations for a new Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement.

So far in negotiations progress has been made for SDA Claims including:

  • Increased penalty rates.
  • Improved compassionate leave.
  • Paid domestic violence leave.
  • (SA only NT only) Public Holidays to be recredited during periods of long service leave.
  • Protection of classification levels.
  • No 20% reduction in hours clause.
  • A clause to allow casuals to convert to part-time or full-time.
  • Protection of better breaks provisions.
  • Protection of the higher personal leave entitlement.
  • The right to an RDO for full-time staff.

The SDA also continues to press for the Company to provide uniforms to staff, free of charge.

We continue to fight to secure the new agreement to:

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

The SDA has continued to call on the Company to pay an increase in wages.

We expect the next meeting to focus on wages and a wage increase.

You can add your name and call on Woolworths to pay a wage increase below.

Now more than ever it is important for members to support the negotiations by encouraging everyone in your store to be a member of the SDA so we can secure the best possible wage increase.

We will continue to keep you updated as negotiations progress.

The SDA met with Woolworths today as negotiations for a new Woolworths Agreement continue. 

Today’s meeting saw progress being made on: 

  • Allowances 

  • Classifications 

  • Part-time hours  

  • Penalty rates 

  • Trainees and Apprentices 

 

Throughout negotiations we continue to argue for:  
 

  • Protection of take-home pay 

  • Improved penalty rates 

  • Securing hard-won SDA Union conditions 

  • Ensuring wage increases for everyone

     

We will continue to update all members throughout negotiations.

 

Remember,  you will have the final say when it comes to any new Woolworths Agreement. When negotiations are finalised the proposed new Agreement will be put to Woolworths workers in a vote. 

 

If you have any questions, please call the SDA.  

The SDA met with Woolworths today as negotiations for a new Woolworths Agreement continue.

Today’s meeting saw progress being made on:

  • Retention of 15 minute paid rest breaks
  • Retention of superior compassionate leave
  • Retention of leave rights for emergency services, natural disasters, pre natal matters, blood donor and defence force services.

We will continue to update all members throughout negotiations.

Remember, no proposed Woolworths Agreement can be put in place without a vote of employees. You will have the final say when it comes to any new Woolworths Agreement.

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

 

The SDA has met with Woolworths several times over the last month to negotiate a new Enterprise Agreement that will secure your pay and conditions.

The SDA has made claims for the penalty rates the SDA secured and defended in the Retail Award to be introduced at Woolworths. These include:

  • Penalty rate of 25% on weeknights from 6pm for permanents.
  • Penalty rate of 25% on Saturdays for permanents.
  • Penalty rate of 35% on Saturdays for casuals (inclusive of casual loading).
  • Penalty rate of at least 50% for work before 7am on weekdays.
  • Casual Loading to increase to 25%.

Progress has been made to secure these higher penalty rates during negotiations.

Additionally, we have also secured above award conditions that are important to our members at Woolworths including;

  • Voluntary work on public holidays
  • Protection of take-home pay
  • Better compassionate leave
  • Other above award leave entitlements

We are continuing to argue for:

  • Wage increases for all employees
  • Free uniforms to be provided to Woolworths workers
  • Improved rostering rights for part-time workers
  • Public Holiday protections

By supporting the SDA you are helping us secure better pay and better conditions at Woolworths. We’ll continue to update you as they progress.

Today the SDA met with Woolworths as part of negotiations for a new Woolworths Agreement.

So far in negotiations, important progress has been made on:

  • Improved penalty rates.
  • Protections for take-home pay.
  • Expansion of the RDO of Full-time staff.
  • Existing break entitlements to be maintained, including 15 minute tea breaks.
  • Rostering protections.
  • Improvements to compassionate leave.
  • Access to additional hours for part-time staff.
  • Retention of above award leave provisions: blood donor, defence force services, emergency services, natural disaster and prenatal.

You can find our full log of claims here.

Our next meeting is on 21 February.

Remember, no proposed Woolworths Agreement can be put in place without a vote of all employees. You will have the final say when it comes to any new Woolworths Agreement.

We will continue to update all members throughout negotiations.

If you’re not an SDA member, now is the time join so you can help us protect your pay and conditions. Find your local SDA here.

SDA and Woolworths Start Negotiations!

Today the SDA met with Woolworths to begin negotiations for a new Woolworths Agreement.

Late last year, Woolworths SDA Delegates from across the country came together to discuss our approach to negotiations.

During those meetings, SDA Delegates passed resolutions which support our list of claims to take to the Company to ensure:

  • Wage increase for everyone
  • That your take-home pay is protected
  • Penalty rates are improved
  • Your hard-won SDA Union conditions are secured

It is our priority to protect what SDA union members have fought hard to achieve over decades of bargaining.

Consistent with our approach, which has been endorsed by Delegates, today the SDA has tabled our log of claims and the Company provided their opening position.

Remember, no proposed Woolworths Agreement can be put in place without a vote of all employees. You will have the final say when it comes to any new Woolworths Agreement.

We thank our SDA Delegates and members for their support and hard work to ensure Woolworths workers get a fair go.

We will continue to update all members throughout negotiations.

If you have any questions about this or any other workplace matter, please contact the SDA or speak to your SDA Delegate or Organiser.

If you’re not an SDA member, now is the time join so you can help us protect your pay and conditions. Find your local SDA here.

SDA Delegates passed resolutions which support our list of claims to take to the Company to ensure:

  • Wage increases for everyone
  • That your take-home pay is protected
  • Penalty rates are improved
  • Your hard-won SDA Union conditions are secured

It is our priority to protect what SDA union members have fought hard to achieve over decades of bargaining.

See our Log of Claims here. In our claims we are also pursuing-

  • Uniforms to be provided free of charge
  • Improved junior rates
  • No longer allowing the company to cut part time hours
  • A right for casuals to convert to part time- subject to conditions
  • A cash bonus to be paid to staff at the start of the new agreement
  • Improved rostering protections
  • Better paid parental leave
  • Paid domestic violence leave
  • Free and safe carparking for staff

Also- The SDA is running cases to increase penalty rates for casuals at the Fair Work Commission. A key claim for the union is to ensure if we win these cases – that they will apply to Woolworths staff.

 

Bargaining for a new Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement set to commence.

For sometime the SDA has been calling on Woolworths to immediately pay a wage increase to Woolworths workers and recommence negotiations for a new Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement.

The Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement is what sets your pay and conditions at work.

Prior to Christmas at meetings throughout Australia hundreds of your SDA Workplace Delegates endorsed the SDA’s call for Woolworths to pay a wage increase and recommence bargaining.

The SDA has met with Woolworths, and we have agreed to commence bargaining for a new Woolworths Supermarkets Agreement in early February.

As endorsed by your SDA Workplace Delegates the SDA will be fighting for:

  • Protection of take-home pay
  • Improved penalty rates
  • Securing hard-won SDA Union conditions
  • Ensuring wage increases for everyone

The best way for the SDA get you pay increases into the future and protect your hard-won SDA Union conditions is through a new Enterprise Agreement. That’s why commencing bargaining is so important.

We will keep you updated with major developments as negotiations progress.

No new Agreement will come into place without first being voted upon by Woolworths Supermarkets employees.

If you have any questions, please call your local SDA Branch here. Not a member? Join at www.sda.org.au.

 

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