In the vote that ended last night, 67% (16,311) of Hungry Jacks workers voted for the new deal, with 10,141 (93%) voting “yes”. “Raffwu regularly follows a list of technical arguments to thwart agreements between companies, their employees and, in many cases, the SDA, the union that represents retail and fast food workers,” he said. Cullinan said the union insists that lock-in clauses such as those contained in the Hungry Jack and Kmart agreements be changed, as it is “beyond doubt” that the loss of the super-election has placed employees less well. “Changes are needed to prevent groups such as RAFFWU from frustrated agreements that support the vast majority of employees and stop wage increases for employees.” Dwyer said the union was also very pleased that the Hungry Jacks deal offers paid family leave and domestic violence for the first time. Both companies are being criticized by the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) and elements within the government for the way their proposed company agreements provide for the right to choose a superfund. The SDA, however, criticized RAFFWU for demanding “a detailed and confusing explanation of the terms of an agreement for young and inexperienced workers.” The Commission also expressed concern that the agreement obliges workers to use the union industry`s pension fund, REST. Hungry Jacks workers voted overwhelmingly for 93% in favor of a new Company Bargaining Agreement (EBA), which offers significant wage increases for all employees, wage improvements for young people and a full range of improvements in working conditions. The agreement is supported by 93% of staff with the right to vote, with more than 16,000 voting participants or 67% of all staff. But the new agreement is close to the minimum allocation, and all the disadvantages, such as mandatory superfunds. B, may also result in the agreement being worse than the price as a whole. An SDA spokeswoman said workers would receive each roster 14 days in advance, that it could only be changed after consultation, and that they were entitled to two consecutive days off. “Under the proposed EBA, the basic hourly rate will increase to 0.75% above the price of fast food during the term of the agreement,” the spokeswoman said. Innes Willox, chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, said RAFFWU`s approach highlights that there are “far too many technical hurdlees in the unification process that need to be addressed through legislative changes”.
Workers have yet to vote on KFC`s proposed deal, but RAFFWU secretary Josh Cullinan said the retirement clause did not sufficiently make employees understand that they had a legal right to choose their own fund. . . .