We continue to fight to secure the new agreement: workers overwhelmingly approved a new Dominos-SDA enterprise agreement, which includes full penalty interest, improves conditions and allows part-time workers access to guaranteed higher hours. Asked about The Age and Herald`s survey that more than 60% of employees at a Melbourne Woolworths supermarket were paid below premiums, Penfold said they were unable to answer that question. Ms. Penfold said that they had not done an analysis comparing her consent to the distinction, which some senators felt was in disbelief at the time. “The variations to which we aspire by the FWC will clarify the intention of the parties during the negotiations and the subsequent development of these agreements. However, the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees` Association (SDA) said the company was violating its contractual obligations and this week filed an urgent request for additional payment and penalties from the Federal Court of Justice. Since February, the SDA has been negotiating a new supermarket agreement with Woolworth and we continue to work hard to reach a new agreement: the supermarket giant is not giving wage increases to more than 100,000 employees this year, despite strong revenue growth, after leaving the minimum wage panel`s decision to postpone a 1.75 per cent wage increase for retail and other hard-hit sectors until 1 February. SDA Secretary of State Gerard Dwyer argued that the decision to cancel minimum wages on July 1 was “the trigger for this wage increase to be applied to all employees covered by the Woolworths supermarket agreement.” “This new agreement means that Woolworths employees will be better off across the country, not just in terms of their home wages, but also when it comes to their working conditions. The SDA will continue to update you in stores and www.sda.com.au/woolworths Analysis by retail and fast food unions shows that Woolworths has modified the service boards they used compared to those used in the previous 2009 agreement as part of its presentation to the Fair Work Commission in 2012. Had they complied with the 2009 rolling tables, nine of Woolworth`s 15 workers would have been underpaid. A Woolworth spokesperson did not respond to questions directly on the rolling 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 SDA worked hard to ensure that ALDI workers had a say in their wages and conditions set out in the agreements. There are no current team members working in teams.
Current team members can only become shift workers by mutual agreement. A new collective agreement for companies, which brings wages home and blocks them under hard-won SDA conditions, won 91.7% of the vote for 32,000 Kmart employees. In a new move, the Fair Work Commission has just decided that the enterprise agreement that 91 percent of Coles employees who voted for their approval should be retained, confirming that the vast majority of Coles employees are doing better.