The Woolworth EBA is involved in the controversy because it has applied similar agreements to penalty interest for higher base rates than the Coles agreement, which pays less than the bonus to workers who do evening or weekend work. The key elements of the new agreement, which guarantees wages and working conditions for the next four years, are: Josh Cullinan, secretary of the RAUFFU, said that the old agreement was approved because the Fair Work Commission had relied on misleading documents from Woolworths and the SDA. Woolworths dismissed concerns about the status of its agreement and said it would defend the case. Fair Work Commission approval comes after Woolworths employees voted overwhelmingly (93%) for the new agreement. RAFFWU has a separate case of claim for 100,000 workers who are alleged to have been underpaid under a previous agreement. « The agreement does not pay penalty interest on weeknights, Saturdays during the day and reduces the penalty rate on Sunday. Nonchalance is reduced from 25% to 20% and 17- and 18-year-old employees have also lowered rates, » said Kakogiannis. It is not certain that this case will continue after the approval of the new agreement, as no workers will be covered by the 2012 EBA. « The agreement does not pay penalty interest on weeknights, Saturdays during the day and reduces the penalty rate on Sunday. One of RAFFWU`s objections was that it failed the « best overall test » because casual workers had fewer rights to convert part-time and Woolworths misrepreses the benefits of the new agreement to workers on issues such as laundry allowances. Negotiations for a new enterprise agreement have been ongoing for more than six months and are expected to move Woolworths employees from state wage rates to national wage rates for the first time.
Mr. Cullinan had already helped overturn the pioneering case when the school enterprise deal was overturned in 2016, because his exchange of penalty interest did not ensure that workers fared better than the minimum premium at any time. If you were employed before October 23, 2018, your payslip contains two components that make up your protected wage quota: the action to terminate the 2012 Woolworths Enterprises Collective Agreement (EBA) was initiated by Woolworths worker Loukas Kakogiannis and supported by his union, the Union of Retail and Fast Food Workers (RAFFWU). The vote on the proposed woolworths agreement will take place from 11 to 22 October 2018 by online vote. The retail and fast food workers` union has taken legal action to terminate woolworths` enterprise agreement and hold him responsible for $1 billion in alleged underpayments. « Today I asked for the termination of the old contract that paid me and many of my colleagues less than the minimum wage in the bonus. » Mr. Kakogiannis said so. « I lose $4,000 a year and many other workers lose even more. » The so-called « BOOT » test led to the division of Coles and Domino`s previous agreements because they made some workers worse off than they would be below the minimum wage.
Coles negotiated a new agreement, while Domino returned it to payment terms.