AWARD MODERNISATIONCurrent Situation<br />Justin Fromm<br />CEO<br />National Aquaculture Council (NAC)<br />
Agenda<br />9 Slides<br />History current process<br />Summary so far<br />Seafood Processing Award<br />Aquaculture Award...
History<br />Labor election commitment<br />Fair Work Bill (FWB) and award modernisation<br />Government directed AIRC to ...
Summary<br /><ul><li>Working Group
Brian Jeffriess, ASBTIA
Mark Cody, SPEC
Kaylene Little, Tassal
Justin Fromm, NAC (aquaculture only)
Frank McMahon, IR Consultant
Seafood Processing traditionally covered by State Awards
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  1. 1. AWARD MODERNISATIONCurrent Situation<br />Justin Fromm<br />CEO<br />National Aquaculture Council (NAC)<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />9 Slides<br />History current process<br />Summary so far<br />Seafood Processing Award<br />Aquaculture Award<br />AWU Submission<br />
  3. 3. History<br />Labor election commitment<br />Fair Work Bill (FWB) and award modernisation<br />Government directed AIRC to undertake an award modernisation program<br />Began in December 2008<br />Process aims to make one national Award from all the State Awards.<br />Food Processing in Stage 2, Aquaculture and Fishing in Stage 4 (July-Dec 09)<br />AIRC to be replaced by Fair Work Australia 31 December<br />
  4. 4. Summary<br /><ul><li>Working Group
  5. 5. Brian Jeffriess, ASBTIA
  6. 6. Mark Cody, SPEC
  7. 7. Kaylene Little, Tassal
  8. 8. Justin Fromm, NAC (aquaculture only)
  9. 9. Frank McMahon, IR Consultant
  10. 10. Seafood Processing traditionally covered by State Awards
  11. 11. Aquaculture production (to farm-gate) is award-free except Tas, NSW oysters, and a nominal pearl farming award in QLD
  12. 12. New Seafood Processing Award to be finalised in Sept 2009
  13. 13. All Awards start Jan 2010. Transitional changes will apply. </li></li></ul><li>Seafood Processing Award<br />NAC submitted draft Award with maximum flexibility of ordinary time wages. Note: AIRC already decided ordinary time is 38 hours/week.<br />NAC requested ordinary time be spread over Mon/Sun and that 38 hours could be averaged over 6-12 months.<br />AIRC issued draft Award in May 2009. Main parts:<br />Spread ordinary hrs 152 hrs over 28 days (max)<br />Ordinary hrs max 12 hrs between 5.00am-7.00pm<br />Sat ordinary hrs 1.25 (morning);1.50 (pm); Sun 2.0<br />Casual 1.25 ord. hrs plus o/t when applies<br />Enterprise agreement restricted to negotiation when o/t applies, allowances, etc – but must be no less net than Award. <br />
  14. 14. NAC Response toAIRC Seafood Processing Draft<br />NAC requested changes:<br />More flexibility in enterprise agreements<br />Spread ordinary hrs 4.00am-8.00pm<br />No/lower penalty rates Sat/Sunday<br />No double payment to casuals in o/t (i.e. o/t rate must be on base rate, not base rate plus 25% casual allowance)<br />Next Steps<br /><ul><li>AIRC will issue final Award Sept 2009 (apply from Jan 2010)
  15. 15. Transitional requests (i.e. phasing in changes) decided later 2009 (e.g. transition to 25% casual loading may be phased 3-5 yrs)</li></li></ul><li>Aquaculture Award<br />Currently no Fishing Award<br />The only Aquaculture awards are in Tas., oysters in NSW, and nominal pearling in QLD<br />SA, WA, Victoria, NT, all NSW (except oysters), and effectively all QLD are Award-free.<br />The new Fair Work Act 2009, and Minister’s instruction to AIRC, imply that an industry can be Award-free if work is not traditionally covered by Award.<br />
  16. 16. Aquaculture Award (cont.)<br />July 2009, NAC submitted to AIRC that:<br />Aquaculture production be Award-free because:<br />Historically award free<br />Variable working arrangements due to weather and sensitivity of aquatic animals to environment – need flexible workforce<br />There is a transitional period for those currently under Award (e.g. Tas)<br />The safety net for workers is the National Employment Standards (NES) and annual minimum wage decision. The NES provides protection on hours, leave, etc.<br />AIRC hearing is 12 Aug 2009. NAC asking AIRC to give early decision to leave time for NAC submit its Draft Award<br />
  17. 17. AWU Submission<br />Applies to all aquaculture and fishing<br />Ordinary time is 38 hrs/week, but can be spread over 152 hrs (4x38) or any other cycle agreed by employer/employee<br />Ordinary time at base rate (or base plus 25% loading for casual) is 10 hrs max/day over 5.00am-8.00pm<br />Overtime (outside above hrs. Mon/Fri) is Sat. 150% first 3 hours, and 200% after that. Sunday is minimum 4 hours, and 200% all hours.<br />
  18. 18. THE END<br />Justin Fromm Chief Executive Officer<br />National Aquaculture Council<br />0411146396<br />nac@aquaculture.org.au<br />www.australian-aquacultureportal.com<br />

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