Woolworths workers vote in favour of enterprise agreement

Woolworths workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new enterprise agreement that will restore weekend penalty rates and protect take home pay.

Almost 68,000 Woolworths workers across Australia participated in the ballot, resulting in a 93 per cent ‘yes’ vote in support of the new agreement.

The agreement means that all Woolworths workers’ wages and working conditions are secured for the next four years. All workers will receive pay rises, improved rostering arrangements and have access to paid domestic violence leave.

Weekend and evening rates will be increased to the award minimum and workers can expect a one-off payment of up to $1,100 in cash and gift cards dependent on length of service.

SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said the vote was a huge win for Woolworths workers.

“We are extremely pleased this new agreement has received such strong support from Woolworths workers right across Australia with an overwhelming 93 per cent yes vote,” Dwywer said.

“We’ve also seen an incredible turnout with 67,774 (62 per cent) Woolworth workers voting in the ballot,” he added.

Dwyer is satisfied that the new agreement includes a strong range of above award conditions and entitlements.

“We’re very pleased the proposed agreement will deliver a one-off payment of up to $1,100 in cash and gift cards (depending on hours worked and length of service) for Woolworths workers. The agreement also includes improved rostering arrangements for part time workers and makes it easier for casuals to convert to part time employment.”

The agreement also delivers on “hard won SDA conditions” such as voluntary work on  public holidays and a 15-minute tea break.

The agreement will be lodged with the Fair Work Commission for finalisation.

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