Coles members have been through a lot like all frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the height of the pandemic there was the panic buying, irrational customer behaviour and trying to keep up with the excess demand that emptied shelves.
The other thing the pandemic did was delay bargaining for the new Coles Agreement that is now due.
Now that activity is gradually returning to a more normal level it is time for Coles to bargain with the SDA to secure a new Agreement for members in Coles.
On 30 April this year, the current Coles Agreement expired, however, you continue to be covered by the Agreement which sets out your pay and conditions, including top up pay.
The SDA is calling for negotiations for a new Coles Agreement to improve your pay and conditions, including a pay rise.
Before negotiations begin the SDA will survey Coles members about what is important to you at work.
The SDA uses feedback from our Delegates and the surveys to ensure your voice is heard in Coles Agreement negotiations.
Interim Pay Rise whilst we bargain
Negotiating a new Coles Agreement is crucial to lock in future pay rises.
Whilst we bargain to get the best possible deal for Coles members, your hard work over recent months should be rewarded with an interim pay rise.
The SDA has been arguing for pay rises in the Fair Work Commission for all retail workers and these pay rises should flow on to Coles members as an interim pay rise too.
To support negotiations for a new Coles Agreement make sure all your workmates are members of the SDA join here.
We will continue to keep you updated with any progress.
If you have any questions, please call the SDA.