The agreements should not have been approved by the Fair Work Commission, which imposes a labour agreement to pass the “best overall test.” This test requires that each employee receive more than the bonus. A spokesman for Woolworths rival Coles, which does not have to pay an increase due to the expiry of the deal, said the company was considering a discretionary staff increase this year. There are no current team members working in teams. Current team members can only become shift workers by mutual agreement. SDA Secretary of State Gerard Dwyer argued that the decision to cancel minimum wages on July 1 was “the trigger for this wage increase to be applied to all employees covered by the Woolworths supermarket agreement.” A Woolworth spokesperson did not respond to questions directly on the rolling boards, but said they were indicative. He said the union`s claims to its 2012 agreement were “baseless and we reject them.” The spokesperson said that the 2012 agreement was supported by more than 95 per cent of the workers who voted for it and that it was “subsequently approved by the Fair Work Commission in accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Act.” Hayley Baxendale, general manager of industrial relations at Woolworths Group, said this year`s minimum wage decision was unprecedented and “created some uncertainty about our retail agreements.” “Our retail agreements are designed to reflect conditions in the general retail price, including all annual wage increases, penalties and certificates,” she said. Last Thursday, July 3, Woolworths made an offer to all parties for a new brdc agreement. (more…) The AWU (in North Queensland) and AMIEU (Meat Union) have partnered with the SDA to reach an agreement in principle. Despite strong sales growth this year, the supermarket giant is not passing on wage increases for more than 100,000 employees after leaving the minimum wage panel`s decision to postpone a 1.75% pay increase for retail and other severely affected sectors until February 1. Asked about The Age and Herald`s survey that more than 60% of employees at a Melbourne Woolworths supermarket were paid below premiums, Penfold said they were unable to answer that question.