Coles Agreement Update - FWC Decision

In breaking news, the Fair Work Commission has just ruled that the enterprise agreement that 91 per cent of Coles workers who voted endorsed, should remain in place, confirming that the vast majority of Coles workers are better off.

Today in the courtroom, there was a complex industrial ruling, which found that a number of workers inadvertently missed out on the significant improvements to wages and conditions secured for the vast majority of Coles workers.

The company has been given until June 10th to commit to undertakings to ensure that the small group of workers is not left worse off. If the company fails to commit to the changes, the agreement will be terminated – a move which would see all Coles workers worse off.

The SDA will now be reviewing the decision in the hope that the changes required by the Fair Work Commission are made as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.

The good news is that the decision today recognises that while some changes need to be made, the agreement as a whole is solid.

This is an agreement that provides 3 per cent wage increases annually, superior rostering provisions, superior public holiday benefits, and a host of other entitlements not included in the Award.

The SDA is proud of our work representing nearly a quarter of a million Australian retail workers which has resulted in you becoming among the best paid retail workers in the world.

Should you have any questions or concerns about this agreement, please do not hesitate to contact us on (02) 4961 4694 or by email

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