Chemist Warehouse and workers settle dispute

Agreement includes significant wage increases and secure employment

The Chemist Warehouse distribution strike is over after workers won a new agreement that includes a significant pay rise and permanent jobs.

Chemist Warehouse and workers settle dispute

Among the wins in the new agreement are:

  • An 18.75% wage increase over four years. Some 8.75% of that will come within weeks. Forklift drivers and trainers will receive around a 22.5% wage increase over four years.
  • All casual labour-hire members who have been on strike will get permanent jobs. All other labour-hire workers will be converted after six months.
  • Labour hire workers will receive a 16% increase in wages (6% upfront).
  • There will be recognition of gender violence and preventive training.
  • The company agreed to improvements to rostering and occupational health and safety.

Chemist Warehouse director Damien Gance said: “We see this as a great outcome for the business and our team.

“Our people are critical to our success, and we have been able to achieve a balance between rewarding our current team, and being able to continue to grow and offer more job opportunities.”

Meanwhile, National Union of Workers national secretary Tim Kennedy said: “At a time of serious wage stagnation, it’s great to see workers in their union collectively bargain for wage increases, secure jobs and respect at work.”

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