Registered contracts apply until they are terminated or replaced. You will receive a copy of the full summary document from your SDA delegate, SDA organizer or click here. Click here for the proposed Coles Supermarkets Agreement. Negotiations with the company, which took place for 13 full days from July 4, 2017, were difficult because they were based on the General Retail Industry Award, which meant that many people had been severely beaten and that the long-standing terms of the Coles agreement were in jeopardy. The Fair Work Commission can also help employers and workers who are embarking on the «New Approaches» program. Learn more about the new approaches on the Fair Labour Commission website. In February 2018, Coles employees voted in favour of a new revised New Agreement.  On 23 April 2018, the new agreement was approved by the Commission, subject to Coles` written commitments. Hundreds of SDA delegates and stewards attended mass meetings in November 2016 and June 2017 to order the SDA to oppose the cancellation and negotiate a new EBA. This meets some of the SDA`s requirements for improving penalty interest.
The SDA continues to focus on wage protection, ensuring higher wages for all employees and transitioning to a new agreement. We have now officially reacted to the project of a new agreement, which is an award-winning platform. If a job has a registered contract, the premium does not apply. However, in a separate application, Ms. Penelope Vickers requested the termination of the original contract. This case has been the subject of many decisions. In the end, Ms. Vickers submitted her application and told the Commission that she was part of a settlement agreement.  The SDA has held meetings with Coles over the past two days with a view to a new agreement. No new agreement will be introduced without a vote by Coles workers.
The company has proposed a price-based model for the new agreement with many changes. The SDA will roll out the proposed in-store agreement to allow Coles employees to be informed and ask questions. The Coles Supermarkets Enterprise Agreement 2017 (agreement) has been approved by the Fair Labour Commission (Commission) and will come into force on 30 April 2018. The agreement expires on April 30, 2020. After major negotiations, Coles and the SDA agreed on a draft new enterprise agreement in September 2017. In the event of a positive vote, Coles employees also receive compensation from staff. This is a lump sum payment of $475 for full-time workers (in proportion to part-time and casual workers based on hours worked from July to September 2017). This agreement applies to all members of the retail team, Coles online, Coles Services, but not to team members who work primarily in the meat sector. During the negotiations of the past two months, considerable progress has been made in reaching a new agreement that meets the SDA`s objectives of improving interest rates, protecting bonuses, safeguarding hard-won unionization conditions and ensuring wage increases for all. The Commission`s assessment of the BOOT appears to be more detailed and comprehensive as a result of the Coles procedure initiated by Mr Hart, AMIEU and Ms Vickers. Employers should consider developing compensation models for individual workers or groups of workers, rather than comparing rights in a proposed enterprise agreement with the underlying allocation on a «comprehensive» basis.
Employers should also pay particular attention to the corresponding premium levels, which are allocated at certain rate levels, as these will likely be reviewed by the Commission.