Award rates to rise 2.9pc on July 1

Operators hiring truck drivers under the Award will need to increase pay rates on July 1

June 1, 2012

Operators hiring truck drivers under Award rates will need to increase pay rates on July 1, following today’s Fair Work Australia ruling.

The industrial body decided to increase pay rates for those employed under an Award by 2.9 percent, with the minimum wage for Award-free workers rising $17.10 to $606.40 per week or $15.96 per hour.

The adjudication lands between competing position of unions, which had been looking for $26 a week increase, and employers, which had sought a figure of between $9 and $14 a week.

The ruling affects trucking operators employing drivers under the Road Transport and Distribution Award or the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award.

The minimum wage panel rejected arguments that employees should be compensated through the minimum wage adjustment for cost increases associated with the carbon tax and that this year's increase should be discounted for the carbon price compensation package.

The Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) says operators with workplace agreements need to make sure rates being paid to drivers meet or exceed the Award rates.

If not, rates will need to be adjusted when the new financial year begins.

ARTIO says pay rates above the Award cannot offset other Award entitlements, such as penalties or loadings, unless there is formal agreement in place.

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