For trainees, the award wage
rate was calculated using the National Training Wage Award 2000 [AP790899], using a combination of qualification level, occupation, industry, highest level of schooling completed, whether still at school and, in the case of Certificate IV traineeships, duration of employment in their current job.
The amended Workplace Relations Act has fundamentally changed the wage determination process: it removed power from the AIRC to set award wages
or to hear national wage cases.
And wage minima are now set by a Commission, rather than a court, including, as before, award wages
above the federal minimum wage.
The capacity of Trial participants to undertake work at award wages
or above--within a two year period and without intervention- was appraised by FaCS assessors, treating doctors (TDRs) and medical assessment service providers (MASPs).
How much award wage
workers end up earning also depends on how many hours they work, and increases in wage rates can adversely affect this, both by increasing the probability of future unemployment and by causing offsetting reductions in the number of hours worked (bearing in mind that many of the low paid are also employed on a casual basis).
The determination of award wages
was a foundation of wage determination in Australian labour law.
4 million workers on award wages
, translates as $19.
The Union asked the Commission to delay the introduction of the national award wage
rates by two years, to allow more time to help members negotiate Enterprise Agreements.
The Full Bench also rejected evidence suggesting that its award wage
increases impacted adversely on the rate of employment.
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
Workers are being underpaid and exploited, missing out on award wages
and superannuation," Mr Andrew said.
Some of them receive award wages
, some of them receive below the award--for example, restaurant workers being paid $8 an hour.
Additionally, it appears that award wages
are not above market wages; employers believe there are considerable complexities associated with formalised bargaining and also they have been concerned by the degree of employee resistance to these agreements.
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.