Media Statement | 8 June 2017

Statement on article ‘Coles admits much of its workforce underpaid after SDA deals’ The Age – 8/6

The SDA was in attendance at today’s Fair Work Commission hearings.

It noted that submissions were put in the context of the impact of any cancellation of the enterprise bargaining agreement on the workforce.

What was put by the Coles legal representative was that “on her (Penny Vickers) figures at least 40% of the workforce would be worse off if the agreement was cancelled.”

It was not conceded that these figures were correct, and there was no consideration of total wages paid to the workforce as a whole under the agreement.

The AGE has again misconstrued comments made to suit their own agenda.

Please quote SDA spokesperson

Media contact: Darren Rodrigo 0414783405

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