Emma Kerin, Author at United Workers Union
December 23, 2020

No Christmas cheer for SA hospitality workers in 2020

Hospitality workers would be forgiven for thinking the worst of 2020 was behind them as the year enters the festive season. But the Marshall Liberal Government has one more blow to deliver workers in the sector. This year, South Australia is the only Australian state or territory not to recognise Saturday, December 26 as a public holiday. Under South Australian legislation, this year because Boxing Day is on a Saturday, the State Government is moving the public holiday to Monday, December 28. This means workers won’t be entitled to public holiday penalty rates on December 26, workers will only receive Saturday rates. Meanwhile, hospitality workers in all other states and territories across Australia will receive public holiday rates of pay. United Workers Union is calling upon the Premier to do the right thing and declare both days as public holidays. “It’s a bitter blow to workers after an incredibly difficult […]
November 26, 2020

Union calls for boycott, unveils Cashed Up Coles website

MEDIA RELEASE In another escalation at Smeaton Grange in New South Wales, members of the United Workers Union have called for a boycott of Coles this Christmas. Coles locked workers out until February 2021 in an aggressive move last week after workers began rolling 24-hour stoppages. The Union has today also launched a website cashedupcoles.com.au where Coles workers from around the country can anonymously upload their experiences of working for Coles. Coles is currently building a new automated warehouse but so far have refused to give skilled and long-serving warehouse workers in Smeaton Grange an opportunity to be redeployed to the new warehouse. Some of these workers have worked for the company for over 30 years. Workers are seeking improved redundancy entitlements, the right to transfer to the new Coles warehouse, job security in the form of a permanent to casual ratio and an increased wage offer. Workers are calling […]