Woolworths Distribution Centre Enterprise Agreement
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. The SDA is very experienced in negotiating enterprise agreements and has travelled for more than 20 years with major retailers, fast food operators, product and distribution chains as well as manufacturers. Among the agreements negotiated by the SDA, which are currently in force, is: a Woolworths spokesperson said: “The offer recognises the wage increases contained in the previous agreement, which were necessary as a result of our decision to close masters.” 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. 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. More than 550 workers were stranded following a 24-hour strike on 24 July after five months of failed negotiations on a new agreement. Woolworths also refused to relax the wyong-centre-pick rate, the number of items that workers have to move every hour. A Wyong employee told WSWS that Wyong Pick`s rate had risen to more than 230 cartons per hour, up from 160 seven years earlier. This situation continued to be pushed during the pandemic to dangerous and uncertain levels, making social deterioration virtually impossible. “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.
The significant increase in Woolworths in the first year is understood as a response to small wage increases in the Centre`s latest agreement, where wages have increased by 7.5 per cent in three years. The supermarket giant has agreed to get an 8 per cent pay rise for workers at its Minchinbury distribution centre and annual increases of 4 per cent by 2021, as part of a new enterprise deal that will be backed by workers on Saturday. 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). 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.