The SDA has a network of hundreds of delegates on site in camps and distribution centres. Delegates are there to represent you in the event of a problem and make sure your safety comes first. The wage increases followed increases of up to 22.5 per cent for 800 employees at the Chemist Warehouse distribution centre in March of this year. The UWU`s initial request was an immediate pay increase of 16 percent for Level One employees in the first year of a three-year contract and 9 percent for employees in senior positions, followed by up to 4 percent per year, depending on rank for the rest of the agreement. The increase in wages stands in stark contrast to recent data on private sector wage growth, which show that average increases have fallen to 2.2 per cent per year and wage increases in enterprise contracts have fallen to 2.8 per cent. On Monday, workers at the Woolworths Spirits Distribution Centre in western Melbourne took matters into their own hands and left work after learning that a worker was testing positive for COVID-19. The site remained open on Saturday, although management was informed of the positive result at least the previous day. “We look forward to finalizing the development of the proposed enterprise agreement so that we can put it to our team`s vote before the end of the year. Woolworths launched its attack on the main, fully confident that it could count on the UWE to isolate the dispute and block requests for industrial assistance to workers at its distribution centres in Sydney to supply supermarkets in the Central Coast and north Sydney region, normally served by Wyong. Supermarket and retail giant Woolworths ended its permanent lockout of employees at the Wyong distribution centre in New South Wales on Thursday after negotiating a business deal open to the United Workers Union (UWU). Enterprise agreements are enterprise-level agreements that set minimum working conditions for a certain group of workers and an employer or employer. “In order to minimize disruption to our customers, we have implemented our contingency plans from other distribution centres and will manage deliveries from these sites.
In fact, the agreement, which was negotiated behind closed doors and won at a union meeting on Thursday, is a sell-off and follows previous statements by management that it would not accept “unsustainable wage demands and the elimination of fundamental performance expectations.” A Woolworths spokesman said: “The offer recognises the moderate wage increases in the previous agreement, which were necessary as a result of our decision to close masters.