The AWU (in North Queensland) and AMIEU (Meat Union) have partnered with the SDA to reach an agreement in principle. A new collective agreement for companies, which brings wages home and blocks them under hard-won SDA conditions, won 91.7% of the vote for 32,000 Kmart employees. Another strong consideration could be the implementation of an Individual Flexibility Agreement (IFA) which, in exchange for a change in overtime pay, would give the worker a monetary or non-monetary advantage, with the agreement of employers and workers favourable to both parties. In the negotiations of the last two months, there has been considerable progress in reaching a new agreement… The SDA met with Woolworths and we agreed to begin negotiations in early February for a new woolworth agreement on supermarks. We continue to fight for the new agreement: no current team member is hired as a shift worker. Current team members can only become shift workers by mutual agreement. Mr. Cullinan stated that Woolworths first had to prove that the salary increase clause was ambiguous in order for Fair Work to want to amend the agreement. The SDA argues that the Woolworth agreement only provides for the acceptance of the rate of increase in the minimum wage and not the effective date for retail trade.
Stockland Green Hills workers will once again have access to safe and free parking spaces in the city centre, with the SDA, the Retail, Fast food and Storage Workers Union and Stockland having reached an agreement in principle. A Woolworth spokesperson did not respond to questions directly on the rolling boards, but said they were indicative. He said the union`s claims to its 2012 agreement were “baseless and we reject them.” The spokesperson said that the 2012 agreement was supported by more than 95 per cent of the workers who voted for it and that it was “subsequently approved by the Fair Work Commission in accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Act.” To reach an agreement, employers must submit to the Fair Work Commission indicative rolling charts that show people`s work schedules and compare premium rates with what they would receive under the agreement. The employer and the union also sign a legal declaration. Scott and Neeka worked hard as a team during the latest Woolworths agreement proposal, which was launched in September and October in stores. Together… Our priority is to protect what members of the SDA union have fought for for decades of negotiations.