Members can rest assured that the union is fully engaged in responding to members` requests in the appeal process with the company if necessary. I am pleased to announce to all members that our negotiations with Coles have been completed and that we have been able to fulfill all four priorities. The new «agreement in principle» increases each worker`s wages and comes with a one-time payment of $US 475 for full-time workers and prorated payments for part-time and casual employees. The new agreement provides for rates of pay beyond the bonus, leave conditions beyond the bonus, including paid domestic violence, long service period, compassion, childbirth, blood donor, emergency services, defense and natural disaster leave. The agreement also contributes to volunteering on public holidays and the flexibility of the roster to allow for family and study obligations and safe transportation to home. . . .