A fair share for workers
Rip-off EBAs can’t be automatically overturned. Under the Fair Work Act, workplace agreements continue to operate after the nominal expiry date passes, until they’re either replaced or terminated by application to the Fair Work Commission.
Unless the laws change, workers must negotiate new agreements or terminate current agreements to get back the penalty rates and other conditions denied them. This is what Duncan Hart did in the case against Coles. Our members have gone on to take similar action to terminate rotten deals at Woolworths, Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Baker’s Delight and elsewhere. Every step of the way, the SDA has campaigned to stop workers getting backpay.
RAFFWU bargains for its members that appoint us as their bargaining representative. In 2017 we were heavily involved in enterprise bargaining negotiations with Coles and Domino’s Pizza. Our campaigns returned penalty rates and other conditions at these workplaces.
In 2018 and 2019 we were involved in major negotiations at Woolworths, Officeworks, Big W, BWS, Kmart, McDonald’s, KFC, Hungry Jack’s and Bunnings.
We have now been responsible for returning around $1 Billion per year in additional wages, penalty rates, casual loading and other rights which had been previously stripped in rotten SDA deals.
RAFFWU is also actively involved in other enterprise negotiations where members appoint us as their bargaining representative.