Staff at stationery chain Kikki.K will be the first employees covered by an enterprise agreement to directly face cuts as a result of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut weekend penalty rates.
The 550 Kikki.K workers are covered by a new enterprise agreement approved last month.
It has a clause that allows it to cut public holiday and Sunday penalty rates without any opportunity to renegotiate when the FWC's cuts to the retail award come into effect.
The deal was struck without the involvement of any union or employee bargaining representatives.
Usually penalty rates are fixed for the length of the agreement but this agreement says penalty rates will be tethered to the retail award.