News Flash: High Court rules on Aldi Agreement
The SDA has been working hard to ensure that ALDI workers get a say about their pay and conditions set out in agreements.
The SDA successfully challenged the ALDI Regency Park Agreement in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and the Federal Court because it was voted on by employees from other regions, before any store or warehouse had even opened, which means current ALDI employees did not have a genuine say in their pay and conditions.
This decision was then appealed by ALDI in the High Court.
On Wednesday, 6 December 2017 the High Court handed down its decision on ALDI’s appeal of the Federal Court decision quashing the decision to approve the 2015 ALDI Regency Park Agreement. The Agreement covers ALDI employees working in South Australia, Broken Hill, NSW and Mildura, Vic.
The SDA is disappointed the High Court found that Fair Work Commission (FWC) was able to approve an Agreement made with 17 existing ALDI employees, based in other ALDI regions at the time the Agreement was made. These employees were offered and accepted jobs to come to Regency Park before the stores and warehouse were built and voted to approve the Agreement that now covers over 350 employees.
The SDA has serious concerns that this decision may lead to more employers using current employees to avoid negotiating with unions when making agreements for new stores.
Join your union
If you work at ALDI or in any retail, fast food or warehouse in Australia, joining a union is the best way to have your say. If you are a union member, your employer automatically has to engage with your union in bargaining for a new Agreement. Union-negotiated agreements lead to better wages and conditions for workers. Get your co-workers on board today!
The good news
Ensuring your pay and conditions are fair and decent is our priority. The SDA was not convinced that the FWC had satisfied itself that ALDI Regency Park Agreement left employees better off when it was approved in 2015. The High Court agreed with us and ruled in our favour. This means our appeal of the decision to approve the Agreement goes back to a Full Bench of the FWC to hear again.
The ALDI Regency Park Agreement continues to operate until a decision is made by the FWC. The SDA will keep our members informed with any updates.
The SDA is working hard every day to improve wages and conditions for ALDI workers across the country, including future wage increases. ALDI is growing every day and so is our union of ALDI workers. Join us today.