Wage review begins

The nation's largest union, the Shops and Distributive Alliance of Employees, said reforms to the modern award were needed to improve pay for retail workers.
The nation's largest union, the Shops and Distributive Alliance of Employees, said reforms to the modern award were needed to improve pay for retail workers. © iStockphoto.com/felixR

EMPLOYERS across several industries have proposed slashing weekend penalty rates for casual employees and cutting minimum working hours for school students.

Numerous submissions to the annual wage review by Fair Work Australia have proposed the cuts, while unions were looking for better pay conditions.

The National Retailers Association is pushing for minimum working hours for students working in retail and fast food to be cut to less than three hours.

In its wage review submission the NRA said more flexible arrangements were needed to allow school students and employers negotiate individual arrangements.The association also proposed penalty rates be removed for casual retail workers' weekend shifts.

The nation's largest union, the Shops and Distributive Alliance of Employees, said reforms to the modern award were needed to improve pay for retail workers.

"Reducing the hours an employee must work over-time before receiving double time from three hours to two hours, will restore a long-standing entitlement for retail employees which existed prior to award modernisation and was unilaterally removed," the submission reads.

The union also said casuals working in the retail industry were disadvantaged compared with full-time employees, claiming a casual worker could work 54 hours more than a full-time employee and not be paid over-time.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland said the current workplace relations system was impacting all private enterprises in Queensland.

"CCIQ has received substantial feedback in recent times that demonstrates the current system has had a negative impact on businesses," its submission reads.

"This includes a reduction in their capacity to employ and retain staff, and a reduction in flexibility and profitability in workplaces.

"The Australian Council of Trade Unions also proposed an increase in the national minimum wage of $26, and a 3.8% increase to all higher awards.

Topics:  actu, cciq, fair work australia, national retailers association, shops and distributive alliance of employees, unions, wage review



Local Real Estate

Featured Real Estate
D.I.Y. OR INSTALLED HOME... $9500.00 From
Mobile Home Fully self contained granny flat or mod homes.  D.I.Y $9.5k or $12.5K ...
PIALBA Cls to shops PIALBA Cls to shops, 2 bdrm units, $235p/w, A/C, washing machine & ...
376 KENT STREET... 376 KENT STREET MARYBOROUGH FREEHOLD SHOP FOR SALE Prime Central - Tri ...

Featured Jobs

Fraser Coast jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
Marketing Manager Hervey Bay Full Time
Financial Controller Urangan Full Time


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Subscription Sale

Subscribe now for $1 for 14 days.
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

Horoscopes

Leo

Record your ideas to get some sort of orderliness going now. Keep a small notepad handy and jot down your ideas as and when they arise. It...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save