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. Our analysis shows more than 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 It's time Woolworths workers had a union at the negotiation table that cared about them and not an outdated political agenda.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. Woolworths has agreed that we will be involved in bargaining.
We have no time to lose. SDA and Woolworths have used every agreement negotiation over the past 20 years to strip conditions. In early 2016 the SDA agreed with Woolworths to a new EBA which didn't fix these issues. That dodgy deal was never put to staff because Woolworths knows it would never pass the Better Off Overall Test - the vast majority of workers are much worse off than the minimum Award wages and conditions.
We intend to restore and improve upon every Award right. This means being active in store, with workmates and in negotiations.
On 15 November 2017 members unanimously endorsed our claims for bargaining.
If you want your union to negotiate with Woolworths as your bargaining representative for these claims, you need to join RAFFWU, appoint us as your bargaining representative, and tell your colleagues!
Sign our petition to call on Woolworths to pay up now - all our penalty, shift, casual and other rates, and backpay from 2012.
We've now also exposed a shocking new deal which cuts the base rate of pay of online workers who work in new purpose built stores by $1.50 per hour. This secret dodgy deal between SDA and Woolworths shows they are coming for your base rate too. Read about the secret deal here.