Analysts say retailers are nervous about possible wage inflation under a Labor government because they fear it will lead to higher annual wage growth than would otherwise be the case. Kmart and Big W are awaiting approval from the Fair Work Commission for new agreements that will restore all penalty interest, occasional charge and other conditions that have been removed from previous agreements and maintain base rates for existing staff. Other retailers, such as Coles and Woolworths, are benefiting from improved in-store productivity, such as cardboard packaging. B, and better pallet assembly to reduce costs in stores. Some retailers such as Myer, Country Road Group and Noni B have cut jobs or cut jobs. “It`s not just a bad result for retail employees, it`s a bad result for the company, with the reserve bank identifying historic low-wage growth as the No.1 problem in the Australian economy.” In addition to the general retail industry Award`s insistence on improving wages and conditions, the SDA, the retail employees` union, negotiates directly with employers for better wages and conditions on behalf of its members. Josh Cullinan, a spokesman for the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, said retailers would optimize working boards to reduce penalties rather than reduce the number of employees. The Super Retail Group is a large, established and respected retail company that employs approximately 12,000 people throughout the group. The company of brands such as Amart Sports, Avanti Fitness, BCF Boating Camping Fishing, Goldcross Cycles, Rays, Rebel, Supercheap Auto, Workout World and Super Retail Commercial is active in Australia, New Zealand and China.

Wage costs are rising at Coles and Woolworths after new enterprise agreements. Analysts at Louie Douvis say retailers are trying to minimize the impact of new agreements through a variety of means, including automation, business simplification programs and strengthening service tables, but will struggle to offset the overall increase in the first year, resulting in a cost-price-scissor. In January, the Fair Work Commission approved a new enterprise agreement for Woolworths for approximately 110,000 employees. Like the new Coles agreement, passed in 2018, it increases weekend and evening rates while preserving higher base rates for existing workers. The number of occasional charges will increase from 20 per cent to 25 per cent full, and junior rates, overtime, shift work rates and uniform allowances will increase at the premium level. The Informant: Issue 1 UNITY, FUNDING and QUALITY – Nick Tindley, Executive Manager, FCB shares his journey to reduce penalties under the 2010 General Retail Industry Award. A decision that will affect thousands of retailers and lead to job creation and growth in the retail sector. The result On Thursday, February 23, 2017, a full bank of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued its decision on penalty interest.

In a landmark judgment, the Full Bench decided that Sunday sentences and public holidays should be varied in a series of modern awards. The table below contains these discrepancies and their operating dates: General Retail Industry Award 2010 Category New operating date previous Permanent Sunday 200% 150% TBD – Transition Casual Sunday 200% 175% TBD – Permanent Transition Permanent Holiday 250% 225% 1. July 2017 Casual Public Holiday 275% 25 0% 1 July 2017 Hospitality Industry Award 2010 Permanent Sunday 175% 150% TBD – transition public holiday 250% 225% 1 July 2017 Casual Public Holiday 275% 250% 1 July 2017 Pharmacy Industry Award 2010 Permanent Sunday 200% 150% TBD – Transition Casual Sunday 200% 175% TBD – Transition……

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