Attention: Woolworths Members October 2012

It has come to the attention of the Union that team members in the Meat Rooms are being told that they have to work in other departments due to the fact that their department is over-spent in wages. I want to let all the Meat Team members know that you don't have to work outside your department.

You can refuse to move and remind your Store Manager or your Meat Manager that you are employed as a meat team member and that you won't be going anywhere. If you feel you are being pressured to do this that's when you should be ringing the Union, we can give you advice or come to your store, and whatever you do, don't sign anything.

In the Woolworths National Agreement Clause 12.1.2.3(a) Employment Flexibility clearly states that an employee may work up to 49% of their ordinary contracted hours in the main body of the supermarket, following prior discussion and agreement with the employee and a nominated representative of the employee's choice (that is the Meat Union) so if you are asked to work outside the Meat Room call us first!

There has been a lot of talk at the store level from Management and the SDA that the Meat Union no longer exist and that we can't help our members. I want to remind our members, that what you are being told is rubbish!  We will always help our members with any issues and come out to your store when required so don't believe the lies. If you have any doubts or you are unsure about anything call the AMIEU.

Also there has been talk that the only Union involved in the recent EBA negotiation was the SDA. This is untrue, in fact there were three unions involved in this negotiation, AWU, the SDA and the AMIEU. The fact is that if the AMIEU had not been involved in these negotiations all Meat Team members would have lost there Schedule B payments and all workers would have been put on Schedule A.

If you feel as though you haven't seen us in your store for a while, please give us a call and we will arrange to come out for a catch up.

SEAN REILLY                                                       MICHAEL NEWMAN
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