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Primo Foods Wacol Enterprise Agreement 2019

As you know, negotiations for a new enterprise agreement at Primo Wacol have been occurring for four months now, with eight meetings held between the Company, union bargaining representatives and delegates since March 2019.

The Company has now finalised its offer and has presented a final document to Primo Wacol employees. It can also be accessed below, as well as an FAQ document answering questions that have arisen in the process.

What is proposed in the Agreement?

  • 2% increase on current pay rates and allowances backdated to 8 July 2019
  • A further 2% increase on pay rates and allowances less than one year later, on 13 April 2020
  • Agreement rates which are at least not less than 2.4% and up to 21% above equivalent Meat Industry Award pay rates
  • New Benefit - Additional payments to Warehouse employees who start at 4.30am and Production employees who start at 5am
  • New Benefit - Payment of annual leave based on an average of ordinary earnings in last 4 pay periods
  • New Benefit - Enhanced benefits for night shift workers for shifts worked that start on Sundays and public holidays
  • No significant changes to classifications
  • No ability for the Company to move to a Monday to Friday 7.6 hour shift roster except by majority agreement (this was voted down)
  • Additional Meat Industry Award clauses contained within the Agreement itself
  • Retention of grandfathered terms and conditions for transitional employees
  • No significant changes to the previous content of the Agreement, however, wording has been adjusted to improve clarity and understanding.

What else have we done?

During the negotiations, a number of other issues were raised by team members and bargaining representatives which were not related to the Agreement itself.

However, as part of our belief that our team members are our most valuable asset, we have listened! To improve break times, we’ve introduced:

  • Bench seating in the smoking area
  • Two pie warmers in each lunch room
  • 16 new microwaves with additional power supply points.



What’s next?

The first communication sessions have commenced. These sessions will help team members to understand the content of the Primo Wacol Agreement in simple language and the key features and benefits of the Agreement for you.

Sessions will continue over the next week and will run across the day and afternoon shifts, following break times:

  • 9am – 10am
  • 12pm - 1pm
  • 5pm – 6pm

Important Dates

There are a few upcoming important dates you need to be aware of:

  • The Agreement vote is set to take place on Tuesday, 30 July to Thursday, 1 August 2019.
  • Communication sessions timetable continuing between 15 July and 19 July 2019.
  • Final Agreement released to employees by Thursday, 18 July 2019.

Useful information

How do I vote?

Voting will take place electronically using the CorpVote system between 30 July and 1 August.

You will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to the proposed Agreement.

You will be given instructions from CorpVote to make sure that you understand the voting options and are able to have your say.

What details will I need to provide?

Prior to the vote, you will be required to confirm your personal details (email address and/or mobile phone number) to the Primo HR team.

How long does voting take?

As we are using an electronic system to vote, voting will be simple and will only require a few minutes of your time.

Who can I talk to for more information?

Please see a member of the HR team for further information or if you have any questions.