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Secret Woolworths deal with Shoppies union cuts wages Ben

Secret Woolworths deal with Shoppies union cuts wages
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The conservative union at the centre of a massive wages scandal has struck an extraordinary secret deal with Woolworths to hide from public scrutiny the pay rates of supermarket workers.

Yet detail gleaned from the deal between the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association (SDA) and a Woolworths-owned company indicates it has again cut the pay of low-paid workers.

Woolworths are employing 400 workers in "dark stores" or online supermarkets and pay rates could be as much as $3000 a year less than workers in regular Woolworths stores, documents indicate.

The opening of up to four "dark stores"  in the next year to pack and move online orders is part of a bid by Woolworths to compete with the arrival in Australia of e-commerce giant Amazon.

The secret wages deal comes after a 12-month Fairfax Media investigation revealed how big employers and the SDA struck deals that left more than 250,000 workers paid less than the award – the wages safety net.

 

It is estimated those deals saved employers at least $300 million a year, with Woolworths one of the largest beneficiaries.

The scandal only came to light when union activists and journalists were able to access information about pay rates and other conditions, showing dozens of SDA agreements left workers paid less than the minimum rates of the award.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/national/investigations/secret-woolworths-deal-with-shoppies-union-cuts-wages-20171216-h05t1p.html

8 months ago

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