Bunnings agrees to trial four-day work week and more holidays for its workers

Fri, 9 Jun 2023 06:23:12 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Bunnings will be the first Australian retailer to trial a four-day week for
thousands of its full-time workers, with the hardware giant announcing it had
made a landmark agreement on Friday evening.

The agreement with Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)
delegates will also entitle Bunnings’ staff to pay rises over the next three
years and more holidays.

Delegates agreed to Bunnings’ proposal to deliver a 10.5 per cent pay rise to
40,000 staff over three years, including 4.5 per cent this year, and increase
annual leave to five weeks a year, according to The Australian Financial

The deal will allow full-time workers the option to request to work 38-hours
over four days.

SDA national secretary Gerard Dwyer told the AFR that a four-day working week
was something the union had been seeking in the retail sector for years.

He said the Bunnings deal was a “significant breakthrough for work-life
balance” for retail workers, and could set a precedent in the industry.

“These are advances the SDA will be pursuing in upcoming rounds of negotiation
with other major retailers,” Mr Dwyer said."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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