The SDA has held meetings with Coles over the past two days for a new agreement. Hundreds of SDA delegates and stewards attended mass meetings in November 2016 and June 2017 to order the SDA to oppose the cancellation and negotiate a new EBA. “It`s taken a long time, but we`re glad that workers are seeing the benefits of our campaign. We think the agreement should have been better, but there are substantial improvements,” he said. The Fair Work Commission has a new wage agreement for Coles Credit employees: Glenn Campbell Casual employees would have the right to apply for full-time or part-time work if they worked full-time for more than 12 months, subject to certain conditions, and two days of paid family leave and domestic violence would be introduced under the new agreement. After major negotiations, Coles and the SDA agreed on a draft new enterprise agreement in September 2017. Mr. Cullinan estimated that 70 per cent of Coles employees would receive an average of $1,500 more per year under the new collective agreement. “It`s a great result,” he said. “Given wage growth at historically low levels across Australia, we are pleased that this new agreement has been approved and that in July Coles workers will have an increase and wage increases for the duration of the agreement. The SDA will roll out the proposed in-store agreement to allow Coles employees to be informed and ask questions. A lump sum payment of $475 for full-time workers (pro-rata for part-time and casual workers based on hours worked July – September 2017).
The result will be a positive vote by staff. No new agreement will be introduced without a vote by Coles workers. Negotiations focused on the transition to a new agreement based on the General Retail Industry Award. We have now officially reacted to the project of a new agreement, which is an award-winning platform. This meets some of the SDA`s requirements for improving penalty interest. The SDA continues to focus on wage protection, ensuring higher wages for all employees and transitioning to a new agreement. In February 2018, Coles employees voted in favour of a new revised New Agreement.  On 23 April 2018, the new agreement was approved by the Commission, subject to Coles` written commitments. The Commission`s assessment of the BOOT appears to be more detailed and comprehensive as a result of the Coles procedure initiated by Mr Hart, AMIEU and Ms Vickers. Employers should consider developing compensation models for individual workers or groups of workers, rather than comparing rights in a proposed enterprise agreement with the underlying allocation on a “comprehensive” basis.
Employers should also pay particular attention to the corresponding premium levels, which are allocated at certain rate levels, as these will likely be reviewed by the Commission.