Your help needed to stop ‘floor’ on piece rates
19 February 2021
The Australian Workers Union is actively working to introduce a ‘floor’ on piecework arrangements, so that the worker must earn at least the minimum hourly rate (presently $24.80 for casuals) regardless of productivity.
This will affect ALL citrus businesses that use piece rates, rewarding underperforming workers with the minimum hourly rate.
Citrus Australia believe that the piece rate as it stands is adequately regulated and that any changes should be to bolster enforcement of the existing rules, not a change to them.
The AWU has lodged an application with the Fair Work Ombudsman to change the Horticulture Award and Citrus Australia is working with members of the NFF Hort Council to oppose the application.
Your help is absolutely crucial.
We must file evidence as to why this change should not be implemented by 14 May, 2021. That is less than 3 months away.
- Statements from growers. This will involve a relatively brief discussion with the NFF who will draft the statement on their behalf.
- Evidence of workers who are supportive of piece rate arrangements because, e.g., piece rates allow them to earn well above hourly rates. Growers could forward names of workers happy to cooperate to Citrus Australia.
Contact Kerry Thompson on 0448 213 330 if you can help and she will facilitate an introduction with Ben Rogers from the NFF.