Kmart`s agreement, already adopted in November, was to recover the premium penalty interest for the first time in years, after the chain traded it for higher base rates. Mr. Dwyer stated that the new agreement was also limited to the conditions of the SDA, which were highly appreciated by kmart employees and which were obtained for several years. In addition, the agreement now provides for a 15-minute rest period, as well as two days of paid leave for domestic violence and three days without pay. The proposed agreement is similar to that of Coles and Woolworth employees. Kmart employees are now re-exposing the agreement before a vote on November 21-30. In addition to maintaining valuable existing conditions, the SDA also achieved additional improvements in this agreement, such as an additional 15-minute rest period, an improvement in the working tables and two days of paid leave for domestic violence. Up to 28,000 Kmart workers across Australia will vote on a new business deal, which will restore full penalty interest and maintain the basic rates of existing staff. The agreement, originally tabled in December 2018, received 91.7% overwhelming support for the yes vote. Nevertheless, the Commission had some technical concerns as to who had the right to vote on the proposed agreement and who had not. Parental Leave The new agreement maintains the current plan for 24 months of unpaid parental leave. The NES provides for 12 months of unpaid parental leave.
The new agreement no longer provides for an increase in the government`s paid parental leave. No 20% reduction in the part-time time clause Without agreement, the basic hours of part-time work (or contracted) cannot be reduced. But the main reason for the Vice-President`s rejection of the agreement was that Kmart had allowed casual workers to vote if they were not available at the time or if they no longer worked in the company. The company also opposed the vote for some legitimate employees. Mr. Cullinan is now asking Kmart to immediately reinstate penalties, even without authorization, and to pay staff with additional payments. „Kmart employees were very clear about what they wanted in this new agreement. They wanted to protect their wages at home, improve weekend penalties, block wage increases for all employees and protect the strong SDA conditions they earned for several years.
A new collective agreement for businesses, which brings wages home and blocks them under hard-won SDA conditions, won 91.7% of the vote for 32,000 Kmart employees.