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Push for EBA at Readings

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, representing staff at the Readings bookselling chain in Melbourne requesting an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA), has approached the company to open negotiations for an EBA, reports the Age.

‘Readings is a great place to work and does a lot of things that other employers don’t do. But we would like a concrete equitable agreement,’ one staff member said.

Readings owner Mark Rubbo told the newspaper he did not feel an EBA was necessary in a company the size of Readings. ‘I have just had the worst year of my whole career and we’re trying to recover. I don’t see the need for negotiations. We pay above award rates and we give 10 percent of our profit back to staff as well,’ said Rubbo.

According to the Age, the EBA, if successful, would be the first such agreement in an Australian bookshop.


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