Proposed Coles National Meat Enterprise Agreement

Dear Coles Members,

As everyone would be aware Coles have rolled out material stating that an agreement has been reached between the Company and the AMIEU that meat team members will shortly be called to vote on.

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) Victorian Branch does not endorse the 2019 National Meat Agreement, but believe that it is up to you, the member to decide how you will vote.

With the current team member benefits in our Victorian Coles & AMIEU state based agreement that will be removed or reduced; the Victorian AMIEU Executive feel that our members stand to lose more than they stand to gain, particularly those working week end rosters.

During the Negotiations, Victoria being the stronger state in various areas of benefits and penalties stood to lose more while other states gained. This is an issue when moving from a state based agreement to a National Agreement, as various states have different benefits. The decision is yours!

However to reintegrate, the Victorian AMIEU Executive does not endorse this National Agreement in its current shape. It is our member’s vote that will determine if this Agreement is acceptable, however it is a National Agreement and all meat team members will be able to vote throughout Australia.

Coles is a Company that was listed in November 2018 as having an $18 Billion value. We believe that Victorian meat team members are worth more then what is being offered.

Please read carefully the following table and determine for yourselves how you should vote.

Any Further Questions please contact your Union Organiser.

Baden Collisson
Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union Vic Branch
Phone: 03 9662 3766
Mobile: 0417 328 854

Jason Piper
Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union Vic Branch               
Phone: (03) 9662 3766
Mobile 0418 103 627

The following table shows some of the changes that will be in effect at the commencement of the 2019 National Meat Agreement if it voted for.

Penalties on the weekend
175% all hours worked on Saturday
200% all hours worked on Sunday
Saturday penalty frozen as an hourly rate for existing workers, Sunday to mirror the the award will drop to 150%.
Public Holiday Rates
250% All hours worked
Public Holiday rates to mirror the award which is currently 225%.
Annual Leave
Currently whilst on Annual Leave you receive both 17.5% loading and penalties.
Whilst taking annual leave you receive either 17.5% loading or penalties but not both.
Retail Ready Conversion Redundancy
Currently the redundancy package is up to 45 weeks.
In the new agreement the Redundancy will drop to 20 weeks.
Ordinary Rostered Hours
5am till 7pm Monday till Friday - Weekends are Voluntary.
Ordinary Hours in the new agreement 7am till 11pm Monday till Saturday 9am till 11pm Sunday.
Sick Leave
Currently any sick leave on the Week end entitles you to receive the penalties you would get if worked.
Any sick leave taken will only be paid at  the ordinary base rate of pay NO PENALTIES.
Working within the department
Currently it is by mutual agreement only if you wish to work outside your department.
From time to time you may be requested to perform work outside your department.
Status quo
Currently in the 2011 Meat Agreement any Disputes between the Union, the Company and Team Member affected, will not see any possible change until that particular dispute has been resolved.

ONLY disputes raised by the union and/or the member in relation to ROSTER change will see no changes if any until that dispute is resolved.

Trade Union Training Leave
In the current 2011 state based agreement the Company is to pay that team member their rate of pay they would earn if worked whilst attending trade union training.
In the new 2018 National Meat Agreement there is no entitlement to trade union training, instead the company wish to have this clause listed as a letter of understanding.
Junior Rates
A Junior Cabinet Attendant would be paid 100% of the adult rate of pay.
In the 2018 National Meat Agreement the junior rate of pay begin at 55% and  progress to the adult rate at 20 years of age.