Warehouse giant Bunnings has been criticized for its "hour bank" list scheme that forces staff to work several hours each week.
Bunnings full-time staff members must work 1976 hours per year, but hours do not always fall in a typical 38-hour week, such as average work.
The list is scattered and is often influenced by demand for peak periods, where employees are expected to work without paying overtime.
Bunnings has been criticized for the "list of hours" & # 39; which forces staff to work varied hours every week
The Union of Retail and Fast Food Workers is calling for the system to be removed, and they are representing their members in the negotiations.
Secretary Josh Cullinan explained the system to Daily Mail Australia with the example of a part-time employee.
Mr. Cullinan said that employees would receive a biweekly list with fluctuating schedules: some weeks could be 20 hours and in other weeks they could be 16 or 24.
When the expected weekly amount of hours is not ready and it works, the hours are due to the company.
"These hours are literally placed in a bank for the company to use, when it suits the company, without overtime," Cullinan said.
Mr. Cullinan said that this usually occurs in the spring or summer when the business resumes and employees are required to work full weeks.
The list is scattered and often influenced by the demand of peak periods, where employees are expected to work, without overtime pay.
He said it is an increasingly difficult system for students who have college exams and for parents with young children who are trying to balance family time and their employment.
"They want to be at home with their families," Cullinan said.
He also explained that the hours worked in these busy periods would be worth thousands of dollars in overtime pay.
"Everyone hates it, it's not like the staff is divided," Cullinan said.
& # 39; It is universally unpleasant & # 39;
Bunnings issued a statement in which he claimed that he was seeking feedback from his staff members about the system, since a committed and committed team is important to the success of the business.
The Trade Union of Workers in the Food and Fast Food Industries calls for the elimination of the "universally unwanted" system
"We regularly review our processes, systems and rights to ensure that we are a great place to work and offer a competitive range of benefits that meet the needs of our diverse workforce," said Debbie Poole, director of operations for Bunnings.
"The hour bank system has been running for quite some time and provides benefits for both our team members and our customers."
Benefits include flexibility of allocation for staff members who wish to take a prolonged vacation or study period.
"We are currently reviewing the Bank of Hours system, including seeking feedback from our team members on the system and looking for alternatives or modifications that ensure our selection processes benefit our team, customers and the business," said Poole CEO .
Bunnings issued a statement claiming he was seeking opinions from his staff about the system, as a committed and committed team is important to the success of the business.
The Association of Buying, Distribution and Allied Employees (SDA), which also represents Bunnings employees, said that an extensive network Delegates will ensure another high-quality agreement for staff members as a condition of the bank of hours in the business bargaining agreement (EBA) has been a "long-standing problem".
"While the hour bank has followers and detractors among Bunnings employees, the EBAs that contain the condition have historically received strong votes, with the 2015 Bunnings EBA attracting 93.7 percent of the staff's affirmative votes," said the secretary. SDA national, Gerard Dwyer.
& # 39; In addition, the Bunnings agreement contains a range of pre-award conditions, which include an enhanced license, better minimum hours per day, breaks and higher rates for minors, and redundancy provisions.
"No new agreement goes into effect unless there is a majority vote in favor of a new agreement by Bunnings employees."