Big retailer Woolworths is dealing with a authorized problem over its present pay settlement with staff and a declare for $1 billion in backpay.
- Breakaway retail union applies to terminate 2012 EBA with Woolworths arguing it leaves staff with lower than award wages
- Union says the backpay for 100,000 Woolworths staff could be about $1b
- Motion follows comparable transfer which terminated 2012 Coles EBA late final yr
The motion to terminate Woolworths’ 2012 enterprise bargaining settlement (EBA) has been launched by the brand new Retail and Quick Meals Staff Union (RAFFWU).
RAFFWU’s software to the Truthful Work Fee (FWC) argues the vast majority of Woolworths’s 100,000 staff have been paid lower than award wages for six years.
The union is looking for to wipe out the EBA’s penalty, informal and time beyond regulation charges.
The applying to terminate the Woolworths Nationwide Grocery store Settlement 2012 was launched by Woolworths employee and RAFFWU member, Loukas Kakogiannis.
Mr Kakogiannis mentioned the prevailing award meant he and plenty of of his colleagues had been being paid lower than the minimal wages within the award.
“I’m shedding $4,000 a yr and plenty of different staff are shedding much more,” Mr Kakogiannis mentioned.
“The settlement pays no penalty charges on weeknight evenings, throughout the day on Saturday and cuts the Sunday penalty fee.
“Informal loading is reduce from 25 per cent to 20 per cent and 17 and 18-year-old workers have reduce charges too.”
Coles EBA terminated final yr
RAFFWU was fashioned two years in the past in response to a collection of enterprise agreements drawn up with the sector’s conventional and conservative union — the Store, Distributive and Allied Workers Affiliation (SDA) — and large employers corresponding to Coles, McDonalds and Woolworths.
RAUFFU secretary Josh Cullinan mentioned the previous settlement was permitted as a result of the Truthful Work Fee relied on deceptive materials from Woolworths and the SDA.
“They offered ‘indicative rosters’ which had been nothing of the kind. The fabric didn’t take care of staff working most of their hours on evenings and weekends,” he mentioned.
“We all know the overwhelming majority of staff work at these occasions. A lot of them, like Loukas, have misplaced a fortune.”
Mr Cullinan was instrumental in overturning an identical EBA struck between Coles and the SDA.
He mentioned the Woolworths settlement was worse than the previous Coles settlement and affected extra folks.
“Within the case of Coles, the distinction [between what workers were paid and should have been paid] was round $600 million, for Woolworths $1 billion over six years is a good estimate,” Mr Cullinan mentioned.
Woolworths mentioned they’d simply grow to be conscious of the motion and would reply sooner or later.