Workplace tribunal delays vote on new Domino’s wage offer

Domino’s Pizza workers appear set to be paid default award rates, at least temporarily, after the workplace tribunal delayed their vote on a new pay offer.

Domino’s employees were due to start voting on the new enterprise agreement negotiated with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) from Tuesday.

But on Monday the Fair Work Commission ordered that the ballot be delayed by at least one week because the company it had failed to negotiate in good faith with the rival Retail and Fast Food Workers Union.

Domino’s will have to meet with the RAFFWU this week to discuss the union’s outstanding concerns about the wage deal.

That includes that part-time workers will sacrifice fixed start and finish times on their regular shifts in exchange for a base wage that is only 2?? an hour above the award rate, and claims that the structure of allowances for delivery drivers could result in them earning less than the award.

In November, the workplace tribunal tore up previous wage deals struck between Domino’s and the SDA under which workers missed out on millions of dollars in extra wages over the past decade.

The decision meant workers would fall under award conditions – the basic wages safety net – on January 24 unless another pay agreement was approved.

Domino’s intended to have a new wage deal in place by that deadline, but with the week-long worker ballot delayed until January 16, that now appears unlikely. If the EBA is passed by staff, it still needs to approved by the Fair Work Commission, which could take weeks.

The SDA did not oppose the order delaying the vote and said issues raised by the RAFFWU should be dealt with “as far as possible before any vote”.

SDA national secretary Gerard Dwyer said the new agreement gave workers a full penalty rate structure, guaranteed hours, and improved conditions, including better leave benefits and the choice of working public holidays.

The SDA is the default bargaining representative for Domino’s workers and says it represents about 20,000 employees. Four RAFFWU members have appointed that union as their representative.

A Domino’s spokesman would not comment on whether the vote delay would result in workers defaulting to the award rate.

He said the deal would deliver the highest wages and entitlements in the fast food industry, and would make it “an employer of choice for tens of thousands of ns”.

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