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Coles settles dispute on employment agreement

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
08 November 2017 1 minute readShare
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Coles will begin renegotiating its retail agreement after settling an employee-led challenge to its existing employment agreement.

An employee of the supermarket giant launched action in July last year with the Fair Work Commission to terminate its 2011 retail agreement.

However, in a strange show of unity, both the company and three unions covered by the agreement all opposed its termination.

After being subject to a number of hearings since then, the most recent of which occurring in October 2017, the claimant has since dropped the application for dismissal as part of a settlement agreement with Coles.

It is understood the parties will now begin negotiating a new retail agreement covering the company’s thousands of workers nationwide.

Fast food chain Domino’s recently found itself facing a wage hike of around $50 million as its existing enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) – which paid workers below award rates – was terminated, with a new one due to be implemented by January 2018.


Coles settles dispute on employment agreement
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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