For decades Woolworths has been able to pay workers less than minimum Award wages because they had put in place sell out deals with SDA.
Now you can work out how much the SDA and Woolworths cost you. From 21 January 2019, compare what you are paid with what you were paid for the same roster in the last few weeks. Choose a week that doesn't have a public holiday. There are no wage increases until July 2019 so your difference in pay is what you have been losing.
RAFFWU members exposed this dodgy behaviour in 2015 & 2016 and worked for three years to overturn the attacks on Woolworths workers. We forced Woolworths back to the bargaining table in 2017 and then represented many members in 2018. Our members were the only workers at the table at all.
It was always going to return the minimum conditions Woolworths had stripped for decades with the help of SDA. The return of the minimum penalty rates, casual loading, junior rates, shift rates, overtime rates, uniform allowances and more were rights they could no longer cut. We forced them to the table, and they had to give them back.
When we supported our members to terminate the old deal demanding backpay for 6 years of being ripped off, Woolworths and SDA rushed through their new deal.
But the agreement should have been so much better. Now workers rosters are under attack, new staff are cheaper than old staff, discriminatory sign on payments saw 45% of workers miss out altogether.
Most of all - there was no backpay. Over $1 Billion ripped from workers.
We represent members in store at Woolworths and in tribunals. We bargaining for our members in negotiations. With your rights cut, and their attacks on backpay, join the only union that fights for Woolworths workers. That's RAFFWU.
Minimum Award penalty & other rates were higher since 2010:
- 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 (more for casual staff)
- 25% penalty rate on weeknights between 6pm and 11pm (more for casual staff)
- 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