Media Release: McDonald's Enterprise Agreement Withdrawal Disappointing

Statement from Gerard Dwyer, National Secretary of the SDA – the union for retail, fast
food and warehouse workers:

“The SDA is extremely disappointed that McDonald’s has today withdrawn the proposed
enterprise agreement from the registration process before the Fair Work Commission.

“The proposed agreement was reached after lengthy negotiations between the parties and while
full agreement wasn’t reached on all issues, the EBA was endorsed by a majority of McDonald’s
employees and straightforward undertakings would have delivered an outcome for employees
superior to the Fast Food Award.

“It appears that the uncertainty around registration requirements, created by recent decisions of
the Fair Work Commission, has been a primary consideration in McDonald’s decision to
discontinue the Agreement application.

“The processes around workplace bargaining and registering Agreements must always be
based on proper protections for workers, but those processes need to be simpler and fairer.
“The SDA will continue to engage McDonalds on behalf of its members and represent their
workplace interests.

“Australian workers want fair agreements and certainty in the bargaining process, but the
current workplace rules in Australia don’t deliver this.”

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