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NONI B REDUNDANCY UPDATE

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  • 5th April 2019

Following successful urgent Federal Court action by the SDA, Noni B has agreed to go back to the drawing board with its redundancy plans.

Whilst Noni B may or may not have legitimate reasons for its proposed plans to reduce the size of its workforce, it is clear that their approach late last week was most unsatisfactory and did not constitute genuine consultation.

These are difficult decisions and you deserve sufficient time to ask questions, get advice and make decisions based on the best information available.

We are pleased to advise that more productive discussions with the Company have occurred over the last 48 hours.

What’s happened?

Yesterday, the SDA and the Noni B Group have agreed to adjourn the case the before the Federal Court until next 2:15pm (WST) on Thursday 11 April 2019.

The SDA and Noni B have agreed that all employees in the Noni B Group are now covered by the injunction. This means if you work for brands covered by the Pretty Girl Fashion Group Enterprise Agreement 2013 and Noni B Enterprise Agreement 2014, in addition to those covered by the General Retail Industry Award 2010, Noni B has agreed not give effect to the decision to make roles redundant or to redeploy, subject to these interim arrangements:

 

  • Employees who have been notified previously will not be made redundant unless an employee writes to the Company, from today Friday 5 April onwards, to indicate that the employee wants to accept an offer of redundancy or redeployment.

 

  • Even if you have previously responded to the Company’s redundancy communications, you will now be given a fresh choice to ensure that your choice is informed and genuine.

 

  • The Company has indicated that in the event that people do not want to accept the offer of redundancy or redeployment it will extend the offer to other employees.

 

How does this affect me?

If you wish to accept redundancy or an offer of redeployment, you are free to do so and can indicate your choice in writing directly to the Company from Friday, 5 April 2019 onwards. It’s your choice.
However, if you do not wish to accept the offer(s), the Company will initiate a voluntary redundancy process to others.

What next?

The SDA stands together with you at this difficult time to provide advice, support and representation.Our Court intervention has already made a critical difference by ensuring Noni B halted the process and has now agreed to improve how it proceeds with major changes to its business.If you do not wish to accept the redundancy or an offer of redeployment, we recommend:

  1. Complete the attached Authority to Act and Represent and return it to the Union ASAP to ensure the Company is made aware that we speak on your behalf. We will write to the Company attaching all forms received.

 

  1. Advise Noni B that you do not wish to accept the offer. This is not technically required but be helpful to clarify the situation.

 

  1. Wait until we have further advice arising from the Court proceedings and discussions with Noni B and their legal representatives.


We understand that this is a very distressing situation and that the Company’s decision has far reaching effects. That’s why the SDA has, once again, intervened swiftly and taken all action necessary to protect your interests.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 ASK SDA or asksda@sdawa.asn.au

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When people join together and be part of the union we are helping each other have support and rules for work, I dont want to be the one standing alone!  


Joining the union is the next best thing to having a guardian angel by your side and you can count on that!!  


I call the union for handling problems if I ever have any in my workplace, they always respond in a fast and timely manner to help resolve them!  


They are very informative and helpful. They keep you up to date with information which affects our work lives. They will support you with unfair dismissal or help you with any concern you have. Best o  



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