Woolies staff win 15 minutes

A DISPUTE between Woolworths and its Barnawartha North warehouse workers over break times is resolved.

The National Union of Workers claimed the company had failed to honour a deal to increase rest breaks from 10 minutes to 15 minutes when working between four and seven hours.

A union spokeswoman said yesterday Woolworths had committed to 15-minute breaks.

“Workers are relieved that this final outstanding issue has been resolved after taking indefinite industrial action last month,” she said.

“The decision to take industrial action was a hard one for workers to make, but they are amazed at the community support they received for their stand on respecting country workers.

“Workers are proud that they have protected conditions for future generations.”

The dispute followed an eight-day strike on October 25 after it was revealed regional warehouse workers earned $203 per week less than workers in Melbourne doing the same job.

The union accepted a wage increase of 8.3 per cent over two years, so the gap between city and regionals would not continue to grow.

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