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Letter to the editor: SAWIA asks for accurate debate
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(Supplied by the South Australian Wine Industry Association)
I refer to the article in the Daily Wine News dated 9 September 2009, titled “Fears over new wine industry award”.
The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) offers a different interpretation of the Wine Industry Award 2010, particularly as it pertains to the overtime rates quoted in your article.
In the article printed it referred to “loadings of between 150% and 200%” applying “from 1 January next year”.
Firstly, we would like to point out that a “loading” has a different meaning to a “rate of pay” expressed as a percentage, as is the case in the award.
When overtime is worked it must be paid for at the rate of 150% for the first two hours on any day or shift and 200% thereafter until the completion of the overtime work.
Your article outlined an example of a casual employee receiving the minimum hourly rate of $14.53 and working six hours at night, the hourly rate will increase to $36.32 for the first two hours and $43.59 for the remaining four.
Based on SAWIA’s interpretation, a casual employee receiving the minimum hourly rate of $14.53 and working six hours (overtime) at night, as in the example quoted, would be entitled under the Wine Industry Award 2010 to $21.80 for the first two hours (calculated as $14.53 times 150%) and $29.06 for the remainder of the time worked (calculated as $14.53 times 200%).
Secondly we would point out that the Wine Industry Award 2010 will shortly be subject to the development of suitable transitional provisions allowing for any increases to be phased in over a five-year period.
It is too early to detail what the increases in costs will be on 1 January 2010.