SDA Secretary of State Gerard Dwyer said wage growth for retail workers has been flat for five years. Most retailers have refused to mention the increase in labour costs as a result of new wage agreements, but union officials estimate that the new EBAs will increase Woolworths` payroll to $200 million a year in supermarkets, schools` by $100 million and Big W, Kmart and Bunnings by “$10 million” a year. The CBF`s relationship with the Super Retail Group extends to partnership with the company through the unique business bargaining process, which includes significant employee representation and two major unions. Super Retail Group`s 2015 enterprise agreement has resulted in significant structural changes and productivity improvements. We worked with the company at all stages of the process, including the first strategy, negotiations, technical advice and assistance and cooperation with the Fair Work Commission. The Fair Work Commission`s Full Court today issued its decision on transitional provisions for reductions in Sunday sentences and public holidays announced on 23 February 2017. The Commission has decided that Sunday sanctions will be reduced by a gradual transition of four (4) for permanent staff and a three-step transition for casual staff in the retail sector. The Commission also confirmed that take home pay orders would not be available to workers affected by the cuts and that there would be no “red circle” or “grandfather” of existing workers. The table below shows how the reduction in Sunday`s interest rate will change: General Retail Industry Award 2010 Previous Category July 1, 2017 1. July 2018 1 July 2019 1 July 2020 Permanent Sunday 200% 195% 180% 165% 150% Casual Sunday 200% 19 5% 185% 175% – Hospitality Industry Award 2010 Previous category 1 July 2017 1 July 2018 1 July 2019 Permanent Sunday 175% 170% 160% 150% Pharmacy Industry Award 2010 Previous category 1 July 2017 1 July 2018 1 July 2019 1 July 2020 Permanent Sunday 200% 195% 180% 165% 150…… Last week, Anthony Heraghty unveiled… Ceo of the Super Retail Group, that a new enterprise agreement for about 10,000 employees would increase wages in stores by 5.8 percent in 2020 and 2.9 percent in 2021 and 2022. Kmart and Big W are awaiting approval from the Fair Work Commission for new agreements that will restore all penalty interest, occasional charge and other conditions that have been removed from previous agreements and maintain base rates for existing staff.

Store employees will feel the consequences of new wage agreements, which cost between $10 million and $200 million a year, as retailers minimize their effects by strengthening schedules, automation and process simplification. In addition to the general retail industry Award`s insistence on improving wages and conditions, the SDA, the retail employees` union, negotiates directly with employers for better wages and conditions on behalf of its members.

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