RAUFFU secretary Josh Cullinan said the old deal was approved because the Fair Work Commission relied on misleading documents from Woolworths and the SDA. The SDA has now reached an agreement in principle with Woolworths on a new Woolworths Supermarkets company agreement. Like other large employers who had substand standard contracts with the SDA, Woolworths has since negotiated a standards-compliant company agreement. This has been in place since 2019, but no one who worked under the old deal has received a refund. “Woolworth workers deserve fair wages and conditions, and this new deal certainly offers that,” Dwyer said. The Fair Work Commission`s approval comes after Woolworths workers voted overwhelmingly (93%) in favour of the new deal. The agreement also includes improved list provisions for part-time workers and facilitates the transition of casual workers to part-time employment. A spokesman for Woolworths did not respond directly to questions about the lists, but said they were indicative. He said the union`s claims about its 2012 deal were “unfounded and we reject them.” The spokesman said the 2012 agreement was supported by more than 95 percent of employees who voted for it and “subsequently approved by the Fair Work Board in accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Act.” The SDA will continue to provide updates in business and www.sda.com.au/woolworths “We are delighted that this new deal has received such strong support from Woolworths workers across Australia with an overwhelming 93% vote in favour,” Dwywer said. The SDA has been continuously negotiating a new supermarket deal with Woolworths since February and we continue to work hard to reach a new agreement that: The deals should not have been approved by the Fair Work Commission, which requires an operating agreement to pass the Better Off Overall Test.
This test requires each employee to be paid more than the reward. The agreement means that the wages and working conditions of all Woolworths workers will be guaranteed for the next four years. All workers will receive wage increases, improved listing arrangements, and access to paid domestic violence leave. .