The old Woolworths agreement has been kept in place because Woolworths is saving $200 Million 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. Our analysis shows the vast majority of 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 It's time Woolworths workers had a union at the negotiation table that cared about them and not an outdated political agenda.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%)
- 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
- 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.
However, now the SDA and Woolworths have announced they have done another deal. They have used every agreement negotiation over the past 20 years to strip conditions. Now they are stopping workers getting backpay and forcing base rate cuts and freezes on staff.
From the outset we knew we would return minimum penalty rates - but Woolworths and SDA are desperate to stop workers being paid fairly for the wages they lost over recent years. Only RAFFWU is fighting for these rights and to stop cuts to base rates.
On 15 November 2017 members unanimously endorsed our claims for bargaining.
In late 2017 we exposed a shocking deal which cut the base rate of pay of online workers who work in new purpose built stores by $1.50 per hour. This was yet another secret dodgy deal between SDA and Woolworths. Read about the secret deal here.