BWS has agreed with RAFFWU to negotiate a new enterprise agreement for workers. RAFFWU represents its members in negotiations where those members appoint RAFFWU as their bargaining representative.
BWS workers have been without a new agreement for more than 2 years. The old agreement has been kept in place because BWS 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 Big W is benefiting from the same tricks.
BWS helps SDA recruit members and SDA helps BWS keep in place these old deals which cut penalty rates and other conditions.
It's time BWS workers had a union at the negotiation table that cared about them and not an outdated political agenda.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%)
- 80% penalty rate 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
- laundry allowance for laundering your uniform of $1.25 per shift
We represent members who appoint us as their bargaining representative in bargaining. We will provide your appointment letter/email to BWS and they must then negotiate with us as your bargaining representative.
We have no time to lose. 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 BWS as your bargaining representative for these claims, you need to join RAFFWU, appoint us as your bargaining representative, and tell your colleagues! You can join quickly and easily online at www.raffwu.org.au/membership or download and return our application form.