Coles weekend and late-night workers win pay rise

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 20th September 2017

Coles will soon stop paying its permanent weekend and late-night employees below-award penalties if a new Enterprise Barging Agreement is accepted.

The agreement means that Coles retail store employees will now receive above award wages at all times.

Weekday workers will however only receive a pay raise that is half the annual minimum wage increase given by the Fair Work Commission each year.

The new EBA has been agreed to between Coles and the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) union after 13 days of negotiation, but still must be voted on by Coles employees. A majority vote in favour of the agreement is required for it to go ahead.

SDA said it negotiated with Coles on four key priorities that were endorsed by its members including protecting take home pay, improving penalty rates, securing conditions and ensuring pay rises for everyone.

It said that the new agreement keeps “most of the superior conditions from the current agreement” and that the improved late night and weekend penalty rates were achieved, along with the above award rate pay and protections for the take-home pay of current employees.

Australian Food News attempted to contact Coles for comment but did not receive a response prior to the publication of this article.


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