Coles Enterprise Bargaining in 2020
This claims survey is to help develop a log of claims for RAFFWU members to endorse for bargaining with Coles. This survey is open to RAFFWU members and those interested in joining RAFFWU who work at Coles Supermarkets.
Right now workers at Coles are paid a minimum wage. It is only a few cents more than the absolute minimum Coles is allowed to pay. The minimum wage you are paid is not a Living Wage. A Living Wage is a wage which allows you and your family to buy bread and other necessities of life, but also to actually live! Imagine not having to worry about the rent or mortgage, or the next bill, or school costs or all the other things which are part of living. Imagine being able to afford some nice flowers or a nice meal out more often. A Living Wage is about more than surviving - it’s about living!
A living wage is calculated as 60% of the Median Full-Time Adult Wage in Australia. The median is a measure of the midpoint. If you lined up every full-time adult wage in Australia, the one in the very middle would be about $42 per hour. Just as many full-time adult workers earn less as those that earn more. Many earn a great deal more. The Australian Living Wage is 60% of this median $42 per hour. In Australia, a Living Wage is $25 per hour (with loadings and penalty rates on top.)
Which of the following common claims rank as important to you?
A living wage of at least $25 per hour and fair wage increases
Restoration of 100% penalty rate on Sundays
Guaranteed rights to a healthy and safe workplace
Abolition of all discriminatory junior rates and other poverty rates
Full penalty rates (weeknight and weekend) to be paid to casual workers
Right to 4 hour shifts for any worker rostered for less than a 4 hour shifts
Right for casual staff to contracted part-time work where they request
Roster changes by agreement only
Hours to be offered to current staff before advertising new positions
Annual leave to be granted where 4 weeks notice is given
Full rights to be represented at any time by any organisation or person
No discrimination in union rights between members of different industrial associations
Restoration of laundry allowance for each shift worked
Increased paid leave for those experiencing domestic or family violence
Restoration of non-working day Public Holiday rights
Leave accruals allocated a year in advance
No cuts to any conditions, including the Protected Pay Rate
What other claims would you like RAFFWU members to pursue at Coles in enterprise agreement negotiations?
Please write out any other rights you would like to see included.
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