Payment of wages and enterprise agreements

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Payment of wages and enterprise agreements

45% of agreements certified in the second quarter of 1998 addressed payment of wages issues.

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45% of agreements certified in the second quarter of 1998 addressed payment of wages issues. The following agreement summaries address a range of issues related to the payment of wages.

Common hourly rate: The Chippen Holdings Pty Ltd – Tyrash Operations Agreement 1997 [Print Q0283] introduces an all up hourly rate of pay that incorporates base rates, shift allowances, overtime penalties, crib time, traveling time, travel allowances, meal allowance, drivers license fee, and the dangerous goods license fee. The rate is based on the average hours worked in the previous 12 months.

Pay increases for productivity improvements: The CC Stockfeeds Enterprise Agreement 1997 [Print P9912] provides for a 6.2% wage increase on the basis that there will be "no unproductive hours of work during the night/day shift changeover". The agreement also provides for a maximum increase of 2% to be available based on an improvement in profits of at least 4%.

The Blue Star/NUW (Port Melbourne and Moorabbin) Certified Agreement 1997-1998 [Print Q0026] provides for a 5% wage increase on making the agreement. Under the agreement, future increases will be based on productivity criteria and target rates that will be set within a consultative committee.

Salary packaging: The Mercy Hospital Inc (Nursing Staff) Salary Packaging Agreement 1998 [Print Q0618] allows an employee who has been employed for at least six months (and is not a casual employee) to elect to salary package. The agreement also allows employees to opt out of the packaged option at any time. Under the agreement, a maximum of 30% of the employee’s current base gross salary may be packaged.

The above summaries were taken from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s ‘Federal Enterprise Agreement Report – Second Quarter 1998’.

 

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