SDA Secures In-Principle Agreement with Woolworths

THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT PROTECTS YOUR TAKE-HOME PAY. 

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Great news for Woolies workers – new Agreement overwhelmingly voted up!

Following a ballot of Woolworths Supermarket employees, an overwhelming majority have voted yes in favour of the proposed Agreement.

62% of eligible Woolworths Supermarkets employees voted in the ballot and of those an overwhelming 93% voted yes!

This a fantastic outcome for Woolworths workers as the new Agreement will ensure:

  • Protected take-home pay
  • Improved penalty rates
  • Hard-won SDA union conditions
  • A pay rise for all

The new Woolworths Agreement will now go to the Fair Work Commission for approval. It will commence from 7 January 2019 or 7 days after the date of approval, whichever is the later date.

The SDA worked hard throughout extensive negotiations to ensure your key priorities were successful to protect your pay and conditions, improve penalty rates and secure pay rises.

Once the Agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission, it will provide Woolworths workers with certainty about your pay and conditions going forward.

Thank you to SDA members who voted and had their say.

We understand you may have questions about the new Agreement and what it may mean for you.

The SDA is on hand to help and answer any questions you may have, please contact the SDA.

We will continue to update you as this progresses.

 

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READ ABOUT THE PROPOSED WOOLWORTHS 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.

Voting on the proposed Woolworths Agreement will take place in an online ballot from 11 – 22 October 2018.

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

Below are the proposed new hourly rates of pay.

A new Laundry Allowance of $1.25 per shift ($6.25 per week for full-time) applies in addition to the rates below.

Permanent Team Members

*Work outside the span of hours is paid at the overtime rate of 150% for the first 3 hours and 200% thereafter. On Sunday work outside the span is paid at 200%.
* The new span of hours will be 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 11pm on Sunday.

Casual Team Members

UPDATE: 2 OCTOBER 2018: Due to the SDA’s win at the Fair Work Commission for higher casual rates on weeknights and Saturdays.

*Work outside the span of hours is paid at the overtime rate of 175% for the first 3 hours and 225% thereafter. On Sunday work outside the span is paid at 225%.
*The new span of hours will be 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 11pm on Sunday.

Estimate your weekly pay under the proposed Woolworths Agreement using our online wages calculator.

Click here to estimate your new weekly pay

The proposed Agreement moves from the existing model of a higher base rate of pay with lower penalty rates to a model with higher penalty rates and a lower base rate.

The SDA needed to make sure no-one on higher base rates will be worse off. Click here to estimate your weekly pay under the proposed Agreement.

Existing team members employed as at 22 October 2018 will receive the new base rate of pay plus an additional payment to increase their effective base rate called a Temporary Transition Rate (TTR) or a Casual Temporary Transition Rate (CTTR).

The TTR/CTTR will ensure that existing team members will be paid at least their current hourly rate plus a small margin for the hours below (span of TTR/CTTR):

 

The proposed Agreement contains a new base rate of pay for each classification.

This rate of pay will be used for new employees in non-penalty rate hours and will also be used as the base rate of pay to calculate rates of pay in penalty rate hours for new and existing employees.

The proposed Agreement has a new classification system which includes new numbering and job descriptions and is in line with the Retail Award.

There will no longer be an introductory rate of pay (the old Grade 1 rate) which means that the current Grade 2 has been renumbered as Retail Employee Level 1.

Base rates of pay, penalty rate time rates of pay and protected TTR/CTTR rates will increase from July 1 each year.

Increases to these rates of pay will be based on the pay rise the SDA, with the ACTU, secures at the Fair Work Commission in the Annual Wage Review (AWR).

TTR/CTTR increases will be capped at 1.75% per year.

Penalty rates are calculated on the new base rates of pay. The new penalty rate structure is set out below:

Public Holiday penalty rates have been reduced in line with the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate decision.

Sunday penalty rates:

The proposed Agreement mirrors the penalty rates in the Award which includes the recent Fair Work Commission decision that reduces Sunday penalty rates over the next two years. However there is a clause in the Agreement that ensures that Sunday Penalty Rates will move in line with changes in the Award up or down.

Casual penalty rates on weeknights and Saturday:

The SDA is currently running a case before the Fair Work Commission to increase casual penalty rates on weeknights and Saturdays. In this case we are pushing for casual penalty rates to be increased as follows:

The SDA has ensured there is a clause in the proposed Agreement that means that if the SDA wins these increases to penalty rates in the award- they will apply at Woolworths.

NEW LAUNDRY ALLOWANCE
The vast majority of team members wear Woolworths preferred dress.

The new Agreement contains a laundry allowance that will be paid to all employees who wear a uniform or preferred dress and launder it
at home.

(This will not apply to Bakery team members if their uniform is laundered by the company)

OTHER ALLOWANCES

Allowances may increase over the life of the proposed Agreement and will not be less than in the Award.

The proposed Agreement introduces Shiftwork provisions. Team members need to be engaged specifically as a Shiftworker by Woolworths.

No current team members are engaged as Shiftworkers. Existing team members can only become a shiftworker by mutual agreement.

Shiftworkers receive different penalty rates and their hours of work are restricted so that a shift has to start after 6pm and must finish after 11pm but before 5am the next day (except early morning baking shifts that start between 2am and 6am).

There are also specific Baking Production Shiftwork provisions. No current Team Members are engaged as Baking Production Shiftworkers. Existing team members can only become a Baking Production Shiftworker by mutual agreement.

The SDA has defended the following above Award conditions that will remain in the proposed Agreement:

  • Higher wage rates than the Award
  • Voluntary Work on Public Holidays
  • Voluntary Work on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
  • 15 minute Tea Breaks
  • Part time employees guaranteed a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • Part time employees right to request increase of hours to their 12 month average
  • Part time employees get preference for extra hours
  • Rostering taking into account personal circumstances
  • All 20 year olds receive 100% pay
  • Additional day of Personal Leave
  • Better Compassionate Leave
  • Defence Force Leave
  • Blood Donor Leave
  • Emergency Services Leave (up to 2 weeks per year paid time off)
  • Natural Disaster Leave (up to 3 days paid leave)
  • Higher Redundancy Pay
  • Status Quo when following grievance procedure
  • Long Service Leave double leave at half pay
  • Limited Tenure restrictions
  • Pre-Natal Leave
  • Superior Parental Leave entitlements
  • Conversion to full time employment clause
  • Security guidelines

There are also a range of new rights for Woolworths workers as part of the proposed new Agreement:

  • The 20% reduction in part time hours clause has been removed
  • Right to consultation before roster changes are proposed or made
  • Part time employees to agree in writing before doing additional hours, with agreement to work additional hours at certain times able to be given in advance
  • 5 days paid Domestic Violence Leave and 5 days unpaid Domestic Violence Leave
  • A new Casual Conversion clause, made possible by the SDA/ACTU case in FWC
  • Casual loading of 25%
  • Under 16 year old rate increased to the 16 year old rate
  • Junior rates only apply to Level 1 jobs
  • Partial redundancy clause
  • Arbitration of workplace disputes

The proposed new Agreement does not include:

  • Split shifts (also called additional shifts)
  • Delayed starts
  • Day in lieu when a public holiday falls on your non-working day
  • Expired savings provisions

The proposed new Agreement has some conditions that have been retained but have changed including:

  • Upfront crediting of personal leave – in future it will accrue progressively throughout the year
  • NSW Union Picnic Day will apply in 2018 and is saved for the first 3 years of the proposed Agreement in 2019, 2020 & 2021, but not in 2022.
  • The age to qualify for the adult apprentice rate will drop from 25 years to 20 years of age
  • Some state specific provisions have been saved and will be absorbed over the life of the proposed Agreement

Because it has been over 2 years since the last wage increase it was important for the SDA to secure a
payment for employees who have worked through that period.

  • The payment will be made within 14 days of the Agreement being approved by the Fair Work Commission.
  • The bonus will be paid to those team members still employed by Woolworths after the approval of the
    Agreement and who remain employed up to the payment date.
  • Woolworths have reserved the right to pay the bonus earlier than that date if possible.
  • The payment will be made as a combination of Wish Gift Cards (tax free) and cash, depending on the amount.

The table below sets out who is eligible, the total amount and the combination of Wish Card and cash:

Average Hours* is based on actual hours worked in May, June and July 2018.

The SDA has fought hard to deliver the best possible outcome for Woolworths workers and the framework of the proposed Agreement has been endorsed by hundreds of SDA Delegates from Woolworths at meetings across Australia.

 

How to vote for the proposed Woolworths Agreement.

Securing a new Woolworths Agreement is the best way to secure your pay and conditions over the next few years.

To protect your take-home pay, improve penalty rates, secure hard-won SDA union conditions & ensure a pay rise for all – vote yes!
It’s important for you to have your say and make an informed decision about what is best for you.

Voting is open from Thursday 11 October at 8am (AEDT) until Monday 22 October at 8pm (AEDT).

You will need your payroll ID and Date of Birth to vote.

If you are unable to vote online, you can also vote via phone by calling 1300 837 024.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Read the full draft proposed Woolworths Agreement.

THE PROPOSED WOOLIES AGREEMENT COMPARED TO THE RETAIL AWARD

LATEST UPDATES

 

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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