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Bunnings Bargaining Update – Bank of Hours Breakthrough

Bunnings and the SDA met yesterday as part of negotiations for a new Bunnings Warehouse and Small Format Stores Agreement.

At this meeting the SDA communicated to the company the results of the SDA’s Bank Of Hours survey conducted last month which found:

  • Significant non-compliance by Bunnings Managers in the operation of the bank of hours.
  • A majority of SDA Members believe that the system overwhelming favours the company.
  • A majority of SDA Members would like to be paid for additional hours worked and not have the hours banked.

Yesterday, the SDA made it clear to the company that that Bank of Hours system was not working in favour of the majority of Bunnings workers and the system needs to change or it needs to go.

Over previous rounds of bargaining the SDA has continually improved the Bank of Hours system and called for its removal.

At yesterday’s meeting, Bunnings and the SDA, discussed what a new rostering model to replace the Bank of Hours would look like.

Significant work is now being undertaken to re-write the Bunnings Agreement – without the Bank of Hours.

The SDA and Bunnings will meet again next month to progress negotiations.

We will be focusing on roster predictably, access to additional hours and better work life balance for SDA members at Bunnings.

We will continue to keep all SDA members at Bunnings updated.

Help the SDA get the best deal for Bunnings workers

The SDA is currently in negotiations for a new Bunnings Agreement.

The Bunnings Agreement sets out your pay and conditions at work and is the best way to secure your entitlements.

Throughout negotiations our key priorities are:

  • Bunnings Bank of Hours – has to change or has to go. 
  • Improved penalty rates
  • Wage increases for everyone 
  • Protection of hard-won SDA union conditions

Remember, you have the final say. Once negotiations have been finalised, all Bunnings workers will have have their say and vote on the proposed Agreement. No new Bunnings Agreement will be introduced without a majority yes vote.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with your local SDA Branch here.


Bunnings Bank of Hours – has to change or has to go.
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