Union calls out Noni B over workplace issues
Inside Retail reported that The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) says it has received numerous complaints from Noni B employees on a range of workplace issues, from cuts to part-time hours and take-home pay, to health and safety concerns, to consistent understaffing and pressure to meet unrealistic sales targets. The complaints follow the SDA’s refusal earlier this month to approve a proposed enterprise bargaining agreement that it had been negotiating with Noni B after the Fair Work Commission ordered the fashion chain to scrap its previous agreement by March 4. That agreement, which expired in 2014, allowed staff at the recently acquired Specialty Fashion Group chains to be paid below the industry award, with no overtime, evening or weekend penalty rates. According to a report by the AFR, the SDA was on board with the proposed new agreement until Noni B declined to back pay employees and cut part-time hours by 20% in the final days of the old agreement.