The proposed agreement will not have any lags that, until now, allowed two teams to work in one day with less than ten hours break between stations. Now there must be a 12-hour break (or 10 hours by appointment) between the conclusion of a position and the start of the next position. This means that, in some stores, the current practice of using splitting layers is no longer permitted. “With the support of [Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees` Association] and [Australian Workers` Union], we have presented an agreement that provides better terms for our team while supporting the continuation of our company`s trend reversal,” said a Big W spokesperson. The Fair Work Commission has approved the new enterprise agreement for the Big W discount department store, which will have about 16,000 employees across Australia. Under the new enterprise agreement, Big W employees will be paid between $21.51 and $23.12 per hour, depending on their seniority. The retail and fast food workers` union says it will challenge the new agreement on the removal of long-standing employment protection, which has prevented Big W from forcibly laying off workers. Big W`s old enterprise contract was launched in 2012 and expired in 2015. The new agreement provides for above-average wages and conditions, with annual wage increases, penalties, increased casual charges, the choice of superannuation providers and increased rights to severance pay. “More than 90% of the electorate supported the proposal, and we look forward to quickly offering our members the benefits of the new agreement.” Big W`s is the youngest in a series of a major retailer to get these conditions in their EBA after a pioneering shutdown of the FWC in 2016, that the agreements cannot put workers less well than they would be below the minimum wage. Workers approved the new collective bargaining agreement (EBA) by an overwhelming majority in a vote that ended on March 18 – two weeks before Big W owner Woolworths said it would close 30 of its branches in its 180-person network across the country. The agreement will enter into force seven days after approval and will have a nominal expiry date of May 5, 2022. 69% of The Voting Big W staff voted 92% of the vote! The SDA and Woolworths disagreed on the interpretation of the wording of the agreements on when wage increases should apply.
. The SDA has worked hard to ensure that your pay is protected and to guarantee salary increases. Team members received salary increases in December 2018 and will be increased again in May 2019. Wages will increase on the basis of the salary increase provided by the SDA with the ACTU to the Fair Work Commission in July of each year during the Annual Wage Review (AWR).