Media Release: Woolworths workers get boost in pay and conditions

Published on: Jan 07 2019

Woolworths workers across the country will receive improved pay and conditions after the Fair Work Commission today approved their new enterprise agreement.

The Fair Work Commission approval comes after Woolworths workers voted overwhelmingly (93%) in favour of the new agreement.

SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer said the new agreement, which will be operative from Monday 14 January, protects take home pay, improves penalty rates, secures hard-won SDA conditions and ensures that all Woolworths workers receive pay rises.

“Woolworths workers deserve fair wages and conditions, and this new agreement certainly delivers that,” Mr Dwyer said.

“This new agreement means that Woolworths workers across the country will be better off – not just in terms of their take-home pay, but also when it comes to their working conditions.

“Woolworths workers will get improved penalty rates, maintain their hard-won SDA conditions and all workers will receive pay rises.”

Key elements of the new agreement, which secures wages and working conditions for the next four years, include:

  • 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;
  • Improved rostering arrangements for part time workers;
  • Easier transfer to part-time employment for casual workers;
  • Paid domestic violence leave.

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

“This is a fantastic outcome for Woolworths workers right across the country.”


Media contact: Alana Mew, 0419 929 722

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