Coles settles dispute

Coles groceryColes has reached an agreement with Penelope Vickers in relation to the termination of the Coles and Bi-Lo Retail Agreement 2011.

“We believe this agreement represents the best outcome for our team members. It will enable us to focus on engaging with our supermarket team members in relation to the new enterprise agreement, which provides a range of benefits for team members,” said Coles in a company statement.

Vickers has agreed to withdraw her application to the Fair Work Commission. She will still continue to work with the supermarket giant. Coles said they will immediately process the approval of a new enterprise agreement to cover wages paid supermarket team members, including conducting a vote of relevant team members no later than 28 February 2018.

Coles will also give eligible team members a transition payment in accordance with the new enterprise agreement from the earlier date of a successful vote. The supermarket said the benefits for the team members will include being paid more than the Award at all times, future wage increases and protections on the take-home pay of current team members; Receiving improved penalty rates; Additional benefits such as two days paid Domestic Violence Leave, paid Natural Disaster Leave and paid Compassionate Leave of up to five days and allowing them to choose their superannuation fund.

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