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Officeworks staff vote for higher pay, more leave

Officeworks staff have approved a new Store Operations Agreement that will introduce higher base pay and penalty rates and new leave entitlements for eligible team members.

More than 80 per cent of staff participated in the vote, which closed on Sunday night, with 97 per cent voting in favour of the new Agreement, according to a release from Officeworks.

“The new Agreement sees over-award terms and conditions retained, with improved conditions for both part-time and casual team members when it comes to securing work,” the Wesfarmers-owned retailer said in the release.

As part of the four-year agreement, eligible team members will receive a 2 per cent wage increase for the first two years and a 3 per cent wage increase for the last two years, with the base pay rate continuing to clock in above the award. They will also be paid higher penalty rates on weekends and evenings.

Team members will also be able to choose their superannuation fund, and they will be provided with two days of paid domestic and family violence leave.

Officeworks’ new leave entitlements follow the introduction of its ‘Growing Families’ policy in March, which saw primary carers receive 12 weeks of paid leave, double the amount they received previously, and secondary carers receive two weeks of paid leave, where none was available before.

It also entitles primary carers to 52 weeks of superannuation contributions and long-service-leave accrual, and secondary carers to two weeks of superannuation contributions.

“Providing certainty about pay and conditions for our team members so that they can plan their work and life more effectively is important to us and has been an absolute priority for me and my team,” Sarah Hunter, Officeworks managing director, said in the release.

“I’m really excited that our team has overwhelmingly voted in favour of this Agreement. It’s such an exciting time at Officeworks and creating more stability for our team members will help us make bigger things happen together moving forward.”

The Agreement will now be lodged with the Fair Work Commission for approval; however, the retailer said yesterday that it would immediately increase the base pay rate by 2 per cent for all team members covered by the agreement.

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