Bunnings Agreement 2013

Selected Provisions The proposed agreement maintains all public holidays in the 2013 agreement, which means that Bunnings team members will receive more public holidays in some states than they would receive under the bonus. The requirement to work up to five public holidays per year was also maintained. The proposed agreement contains the same time range as the 2013 agreement: we also agreed on the principle of a new superannuation regime that will retain the rest as standard super-funds, but would give choice to team members who wish to choose an alternative fund. The company objected and set a position of 2% or, if the consumer price index is higher, an increase of up to 2.5%. As a result, the parties have not reached agreement on this issue. In addition, the proposed agreement makes such a postponement voluntary, although it continues to authorize one-hour training in accordance with the 2013 agreement. A part-time team member may agree in writing to Bunnings to work overtime at the normal rate (with applicable penalties) (point 3.8). This agreement may be revoked in writing at any time. If a team member agrees to work overtime, they may choose to pay overtime or take a break at the Venue (TOIL) (point 3.10). A decision on how overtime is compensated (either salary or TOIL) must be made by a team member before one year of the EBA, and the decision applies to the entire EBA year. Therefore, it is important that you choose the desired option, as you are stuck for 12 months. You can change your decision for each EBA year before the EBA year.

Previous Bunnings agreements have used a so-called “loaded rate” system, in which higher base rates offset some lower penalties. In any event, previous agreements have been approved by the Fair Labour Commission. Although other retailers have deviated from this model (with lower base rates and higher penalties), Bunnings continued to support a loaded pricing model. Well aware of Bunnings` high base rates, the SDA decided to cooperate with the company to maintain these rates, while ensuring that the proposed agreement would pass the Better Off Overall Test (“BOOT”). The new agreement must ensure that there is no way that a team member will receive less salary than you would receive as part of the bonus. In the vast majority of cases at Bunnings, this is not a problem, since the lowest base rate of Bunnings, currently paid under the 2013 agreement, is about $110 per week higher than the price.

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