The Fair Work Commission has approved the new Big W Stores Agreement 2019. “It is expected that these Big W negotiations will conclude soon after an agreement in principle is rolled out for review to Woolworth Supermarkets employees,” he said. “With the support of the [Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees` Association] and the Australian Workers` Union, we have introduced an agreement that provides improved conditions for our team while supporting the continuation of our business,” a Big W spokesperson said. Workers approved the new enterprise contract (ABE) in a vote that ended on March 18 – two weeks before Big W owner Woolworths said it would close 30 of its stores in its network of 180 across the country. SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said Big W will likely follow the EBA negotiated last month, which reinstates penalty interest and the occasional store. An analysis by Citigroup last month identified Big W as one of the threats among others to forecasts for the Woolworths Group, citing a “continued decline in discount department stores.” The proposed “Big W” deal is now subject to approval by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The new agreement will start on 6 May 2019 or 7 days after approval by the Fair Work Commission, depending on the subsequent value. “We are committed to going through the negotiation process as quickly as possible so that we can develop a new agreement with our team.” *The new agreement will ensure that base rates for Tier 1 employees will at all times be at least 4 cents higher than the retail price. If the annual salary revision is more than 3.31% in July 2019, it will come into effect.
The SDA has worked hard to ensure that your home taking salary is protected and ensures salary increases. Team members received salary increases in December 2018 and will receive a further increase in May 2019. Wages will increase on the basis of the wage increase ensured by the SDA with THE ACTU at the Fair Work Commission at the Annual Wage Review (AWR) in July of each year. . . .