BIG W PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2017-2018

December 6, 2017 Know Your Rights Our Resources

REMEMBER
All work on public holidays is voluntary!

*All information is correct for Big W Stores in Queensland.

UPCOMING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FOR THE CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR PERIOD ARE:

  • Monday, 25 December 2017;
  • Tuesday, 26 December 2017;
  • Monday, 1 January 2018 &
  • Friday, 26 January 2018.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FOR FULL-TIMERS AND PART-TIMERS

  1. Whether your store opens or does not open for trade on a public holiday, and you choose not to work, you are entitled to be paid ordinary time earnings for your normal contracted shift.
  2. A full-time Associate or part-time Associate who works an average of 5 days per week, whose non-working day falls on a public holiday, shall receive by mutual agreement either:
    (a) payment of an equivalent day’s pay
    (b) one day added to your annual leave
    (c) another day off with pay to be taken within one calendar month of the holiday or during the two weeks prior to the holiday.A part-time employee shall be entitled to the provisions above where the employee works an alternating roster and the public holiday falls on a day on which the employee works, or occasionally works, as part of their roster cycle.
  3. Where your store opens for trade on a public holiday and you would normally be rostered to work and you volunteer to work, you will receive an additional 150% for all time worked.
  4. Public Holidays for Casual EmployeesPayment for work is 270% with a minimum payment of 3 hours.

    A casual employee who is rostered to work a specific number of hours on a day and is sent home early on a public holiday, shall be paid for the full number of hours specified.

AFTER 6.00pm ON CHRISTMAS EVE and NEW YEARS EVE

All Big W stores must cease trading by 6pm on Christmas Eve. Work after 6pm on New Year’s Eve or Christmas Eve shall be voluntary subject to the following:

(i) 5 weeks prior to these days BIG W shall place a notice on the noticeboard asking Associates to notify BIG W of their preference not to work their normal roster at these times.
(ii) Associates will need to notify BIG W of their preference not to work 4 weeks prior to the day.
(iii) If BIG W has insufficient Associates to work on these days or times they will firstly seek volunteer replacements.
(iv) If BIG W still has insufficient Associates to work the Store Manager shall firstly approach Associates with no family or religious commitments to work.
(v) If BIG W still does not have sufficient number of Associates to meet their operational requirements BIG W shall have the right to roster Associates their normal roster.
(vi) The ability to make-up the time not worked on these days shall be available subject to operational requirements. It is not compulsory to make up this time.

WAGE Rates:

RETAIL ASSOCIATES

The Full-time, Part-time hourly rate for Public Holidays (250%)

AGE   HOURLY RATE
20               $51.64
19                $41.31
18                $36.15
17                $30.99
Under 17     $25.82

The CASUAL hourly rate for Public Holidays (270%)

AGE   HOURLY RATE
20                $55.77
19                 $44.62
18                 $39.04
17                 $33.46
Under 17      $27.89

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What happens if a Public Holiday falls in my Holidays?
Don’t worry. This day will not be deducted from your annual leave balance.

Do I have to work on a public holiday?

No, all work on a public holiday for ALL employees is voluntary. I repeat, VOLUNTARY!

Do roster changes affect my entitlement to public holidays?

No, your roster cannot be changed to avoid payment of penalties, loadings or other benefits. Should this occur you are still entitled to the benefit.

What happens if a public holiday falls on my RDO?

Don’t worry, you will get another day off if the public holiday falls on a day you occasionally work as part of your roster cycle.