Bunnings Wages Agreement

The Union of Retail and Fast Food Workers (RAFFWU) will challenge the new agreement on the grounds that it does not comply with the industry test necessary for workers to « do better overall » than under the corresponding sectoral display. The Bunnings deal would have covered 37,000 workers. The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association, which supported the company deal and was the majority union, said it was « very disappointed » with Bunnings` decision. The case went to hearing in February, but both the Commission and the retail and fast food trade union raised concerns, including whether the deal complied with the better off combination test (BOOT). Bunnings said he would consider his options « as soon as there is more security in the current environment. » In the meantime, the President of the Bar would maintain his 2016 agreement, which has expired. We also agreed on the principle of a new pension plan that maintains REST as a standard superfund, but offers choice to team members who wish to opt for an alternative fund. He said the company was already in its proposal for a three-year contract without permission and should have prepared to negotiate the next one in a year. « It is clear that the vast majority of Bunnings employees would have been better off under the agreement that has just been withdrawn, » said Gerard Dwyer, National Secretary of the SDA. The company opposed it and placed a position of 2%, or if the CPI is higher, then an increase of up to 2.5%.

As a result, the parties have not reached agreement on this issue. The company and the SDA have not reached a complete agreement on the issue of wages, but it is important that the new agreement provides for wage increases for the minimum rate for each grade over the next 3 years and eliminates the hourly banking system. « Team members now have the choice between a pension fund, rest remaining the standard fund for those who do not choose their own fund » » The proposed agreement contains a provision (Annex 5) that allows team members to take leave from the company and pay this leave over a period of 12 months on reduced salaries, Gerard Dwyer, national secretary of the SDA, welcomed the strong « yes » vote and said, the agreement reflects the top priorities of Bunning workers during many months of close coordination with SDA delegates and organizers. Josh Cullinan, secretary of RAFFWU, said his union feared workers would be forced to start work from 5 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. under the new deal. They must be scheduled to have 2 consecutive days of leave per week of pay or 3 consecutive days of leave during the two weeks of service (clause 3.6 (c) (ii)). You can, however, accept a roster in which you do not have 2 consecutive days per week of pay or 3 consecutive days of leave per fourteen days. . .

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