Important Message to All Frewstal Members - Frew Foods International Agreement

Having read the latest draft Frew Foods International agreement the AMIEU still has a number of concerns that you need to be aware of:

Your current agreement has a span of hours Monday to Friday of 6am to 5:30pm in processing; and 5:30am to 5:30pm in the meat room.

  • The proposed company agreement has usual hours as Monday to Friday 4am to 8pm averaging 38 hours per week not exceeding 152 hours in a 28-day period.
  • Usual hours also include Saturdays and Sundays paid for at a reduced rate of pay than what you would currently get.
  • Current daily hire workers will lose their 10% loading.
  • You will lose your RDO provisions.
  • No more Eve’s Days.
  • No paid meal breaks.
  • In the Stand Down clause reasons to not provide you work include “Suitable Livestock”.
  • Jury Duty capped at 10 days.
  • Personal carers leave not paid out on dismissal.
  • The company will have an ability to suspend you without pay for 10 days for any personal performance or behaviour that is not in keeping with company expectations.
  • The company will have an ability to request at any time that you get a full medical examination and that the results be passed onto the company.
  • Make up pay will be removed.
  • Allowances reduced to Federal Award rates
  • Work on Public Holidays for a lesser rate of pay than what you would currently get.
  • The company would have an ability not to pay redundancies under the proposed agreement with the insertion of a clause that does not exist in your current agreement.
  • The proposed hourly rates schedules are unchanged from what was last offered.
  • The only increase that has been added is on the yearly wage increases of 0.5% in years 1 & 2.
  • The company has the duration of the agreement for 4 years but only offers 2% wage increases in years 1, 2 & 3.

This list above is not exhaustive.

The AMIEU ask that you carefully take your time in comparing your current agreement with this new proposed agreement that the company will be asking you to vote on.

Authorised by: Paul Conway

10 January 2021