In 2018, Bunnings agreed to negotiate a new enterprise agreement for workers. RAFFWU represented members in those negotiations and in February 2019 the very first Bunnings retail worker in Australia represented their co-workers at the negotiation table.
The old Bunnings agreement has been kept in place because Bunnings 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 know Bunnings is benefiting from the same tricks.
Bunnings also helps SDA recruit members and SDA helps Bunnings keep in place these old deals which cut penalty rates and other conditions. Only the SDA would agree to the "Bank of Hours".
By working together Bunnings agreed to get rid of the Bank of Hours.
However, the SDA has teamed up to create a #BankLite with their proposed TOIL system. They have also refused to fully restore penalty rates which should be:
- 25% for casual staff (not 22.5%)
- 80% penalty rate (85% for casual staff) on Sunday (not 50%) and was 100% until 2017
- 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 (9am on Sundays)
Our campaigns have meant Bunnings must agree to substantially improve many wage rates, but this deal should be so much better.
We know that when a deal gets voted down, the boss offers a much better deal to get it over the line. However, by teaming up with SDA and holding the vote over Easter they are trying to stop this.
In any event, we will be representing our members in store and out. We support and represent our members under the current deal and it will continue under any new deal. If this new deal gets up there will be big changes with rosters and other rights. To have strong, effective union representation you need to be a member before any issues arise.
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