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Essential WARR industry workers to receive wage increase in November

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has decided that the Waste Management Award 2020 is a Group 2 Award resulting in an increase of 1.75% from the start of the first full pay period on or after  November 1, 2020.

This followed the  increase to the minimum wage by 1.75% to $753.80 a week, or $19.84 per hour announced by the FWC last week.The Waste Management Award 2020 covers employers in all Australian jurisdictions who operate a business in the waste management sector.

In handing down this decision, the FWC determined that some industries have been more effected by the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore, the timing of the increase will be staggered for different industry sectors.

Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association (WCRA) of NSW executive director Tony Khoury, told Inside Waste that the FWC had taken into account the adverse impacts of Covid-19 on the waste management industry and decided to delay the 2020 annual wage increase to 1 November 2020.

“The decision took in to account the exceptional business circumstances which justified the variation to the increase coming into operation at this later date. In terms of the Members, the relief is that cost increase has been delayed by four months and they can use their best endeavours to continue to maintain employment levels.

“Meanwhile, the workers will still receive an increase not only to their hourly rate, but also one that will ensure their entitlements are indexed,” Khoury said.

Workers in essential services such as healthcare and childcare, which account for around 25% of the workforce, will receive the increase on July 1. Those in construction, manufacturing and other industries will see the increase on November 1, while the worst hit industries, aviation, arts, entertainment, food and accommodation, and retail sectors, won’t see the rise until February 1, 2021.