Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU)

Stephen Bates marches with RAFFWU members on Labour Day

Retail worker and unionist Stephen Bates, now the federal MP for Brisbane, spoke to Alex Bainbridge about his reasons for joining the Greens and his approach to his new job.

Unionists and locals joined Better Read Than Dead workers at a rally in solidarity with their struggle for a new workplace agreement, Isaac Nellist reports.

Bookshop workers at Better Read Than Dead have restarted industrial action after management reneged on an agreement reached in July. Isaac Nellist reports.

Isaac Nellist reports that workers, who took on the management of a "progressive" inner-city bookshop to improve their working conditions, have had a win.

Support for casual retail workers at a popular bookshop in the Inner West, who are campaigning for a workplace agreement, is growing. Isaac Nellist reports.

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union has made history by securing ther first Protected Action Ballot Order for a bookshop. Isaac Nellist reports.

Precarious bookshop workers are fighting for better working conditions and rights, reports Isaac Nellist.

Resourcing precariously employed workers to become organised, gain a voice and demand change, means changing the way unions organise, writes Josh Cullinan.

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union's call for WorkSafe to investigate a McDonald’s outlet is gaining support as more workers test positive to COVID-19, reports Kerry Smith.

Following the re-election of the Coalition government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged the need for industrial relations (IR) reforms. Under the façade of “ensuring integrity” and “improving productivity”, these reforms seek to once again attack trade unions and workers.

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union organised a protest on July 6 to demand that penalty rates be reinstated. Penalty rates were cut for the second time in early July. Meanwhile federal MPs gave themselves a pay rise.

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) was formed in late 2016 as a response to growing dissatisfaction among retail workers with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA). The Labor right-controlled SDA is notorious for negotiating enterprise bargaining agreements (EBAs) that contain below award wages and eroding the rights and conditions of workers. 

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