INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Big W staff members ask for a fair deal.
INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Big W staff members ask for a fair deal. Paige Ashby

Big W workers hit the streets

WORKERS from the Big W Distribution Centre will meet today to decide on what industrial actions they wish to take.

The union members will meet outside Warwick Town Hall at 8.30am and expect to spend three to four hours talking to members of the public and filling a petition with local signatures.

The employees plan to take their first industrial actions this week, most likely on Thursday or Friday.

The petition follows a ballot vote that was held a few weeks ago to give the union members legal permission to take industrial actions, including strikes or paper work bans.

Big W employees said they were unhappy with the company negotiations, which included a 1.2% wage increase.

Union member Sara Couper said her colleagues would fight for better hours, better redundancy deals and a better pay package.

"We're asking for a 6% pay increase to get ourselves back on track," she said.

Miss Couper believes their wages weren't enough to keep up with the current cost of living.

Warwick distribution centre pays their employees an average of $932.93.

Figures from Fair Work Australia indicate Brisbane Distribution centre will earn $11,280 more each year than their Warwick colleagues.

Employees claim a 17% increase would be needed to earn the same as their Big W Brisbane colleagues.


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