Woolworths workers have been without a new agreement for over 2 years. The old agreement has been kept in place because Woolworths is saving tens of millions of dollars every year by not paying minimum Award penalty rates. RAFFWU members exposed this dodgy behaviour in 2015 & 2016 at Coles and we now know Woolworths is doing the same dodgy thing to workers.
In fact, many more workers are worse off at Woolworths. At Coles, casual staff get 25% loading and 17 & 18 year old workers get more. Our analysis shows 2 in 3 Woolworths workers are earning less than the minimum Award rates. It's time Woolworths workers had a union at the negotiation table that cared about them and not an outdated political agenda.
Minimum Award penalty & other rates are:
- 25% for casual staff (not 20%)
- 95% penalty rate on Sunday (not 50%)
- 25% penalty rate on Saturday (35% for casual staff)
- 25% penalty rate on weeknights between 6pm and 11pm
- overtime pay on weeknights/mornings between 11pm and 7am
- 60% for 17 year old staff (not 55%)
- 70% for 18 year old staff (not 67.5%)
- Free uniforms
We represent members who appoint us as their bargaining representative in bargaining. We will provide your appointment letter/email to Woolworths and they must then negotiate with us as your bargaining representative. Many Coles workers are represented at the Coles bargaining table right now.
We have no time to lose. SDA and Woolworths have used every agreement negotiation over the past 20 years to strip conditions and we intend to restore and improve upon every Award right. This means being active in store, with workmates and in negotiations.
If you want your union to negotiate with Woolworths as your bargaining representative for the claims you help create, you need to join RAFFWU, appoint us as your bargaining representative, and tell your colleagues! Complete the special claims survey below (click the button) and get on board with RAFFWU.Complete the RAFFWU Woolworths Claims Survey Now! Click Here!