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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 has changed in the Agreement since the last time you voted?

  • The 2% increase to wages and allowances is now effective from 9 September 2019 with an additional increase of 2% effective 13 April 2020.
  • Change to definition of afternoon shift – the 15% afternoon shift penalty now applies if the ordinary hours in your shift start as early as 1pm (not 2pm)
  • Change to definition of Operations Manager – it is now the Factory Manager (or equivalent), rather than the General Manager of Operations, who plays a key role in the resolution of disputes and in classification decision making.
  • Change to forklift allowance wording – it is clearer that you will receive an allowance for all hours worked, not just those whilst operating a forklift.
  • A change to the start or finish time for a shift worker – this now requires 7 days’ notice (not 36 hours’ notice) other than on a short day.
  • Change to public holiday clause:
  • •   Primo can no longer substitute a public holiday for another day by majority agreement; this requires your individual agreement.
    •   If you work a night shift, you will be paid public holiday rates for the part of a night shift that is worked on a public holiday and night shift loading            for the rest of the shift.

  • Labour hire clause that has nothing to do with Primo employees have been removed.

Important Dates

The upcoming important dates you need to be aware of are:

  • The Agreement vote is set to take place on Wednesday 11 September at 9am until 9pm on Thursday 12 September.

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.



Useful information

How do I vote?

Voting will take place electronically using the CorpVote system between September 11 and September 12.

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.