For apprentices, the award wage
rate was calculated using the relevant award rate based on stage and on whether an adult apprentice.
The combination of award wages
and classifications now being within the jurisdiction of the AFPC and award rationalisation means that for many women workers, the concept of gender pay equity and the processes connected with this new wage fixing system have elements of deja vu.
The current test for DSP assesses an individual's capacity to work for 30 or more hours per week at award wages
within two years, taking account of forms of mainstream training that may help the person to increase his or her work capacity.
Attempts to achieve different outcomes through minimum award wage
structures, however, while ultimately doomed to fail (unless supported by transfers from taxpayers), can impose considerable costs on society, and unfortunately most of those costs will be borne by those most in need; that is, those with relatively few labour market skills who spend long periods on income support.
'That will benefit about 100,000 Australian workers, who take home the lowest pay in our community, while the majority of the remaining 1.3 million workers on award wages
will receive about $22 a week,' Jeff said.
'This decision is a slap in the face for the Howard government and business groups like the ACCI who have tried to argue for lower pay rises for award wage
Minimum award wages
continue to track below their relative value prior to WorkChoices (see Wilson 2017; Mackenzie in this journal).
It was argued that enterprise bargaining would free small business from, among other things, the payment of minimum award wages
and conditions, reduce the negative influences of trade unions and other negative outside influences such as the Industrial Relations Commission and that the bargaining process would create a more harmonious workplace culture (Business Council of Australia, 1989; Howard, 1992; Keirath, 1995).
She looks both before and after the award wages
system went into effect in 1975.
The idea that lower minimum wages leads to lower unemployment is one the government has put to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission each year in arguing for no or minimal increases in safety net award wages
, and is the theory behind International Monetary Fund support for the WorkChoices package.
In other words, in their tender to government they should ask for the appropriate sums of money to pay award wages
. There was no expectation, however, that those agencies should also provide the non-wage elements of an award to their workers, such as penalty rates, long-service leave, holiday pay.
for juniors are based on vague notions of need in relation to the cost of living and the work value of juniors in comparison with adults.