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Pay rise recommended for coal mine employees

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Many people working in the industry will have their remuneration boosted.

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) reviewed the Black Coal Mining Industry Award, and decided covered employees should receive a pay rise. If the four-yearly secures final approval, everyone receiving the same award rate will enjoy a wage increase.

Prime Creative Media speculated this means for the first four hours of Saturday afternoon and rotating night shifts their minimum hourly rate will jump 15 per cent to 165 per cent. The rate after four hours will increase the same percentage to 215 per cent. Similar changes are also slated for Sunday afternoons, rotating nights and permanent weekend shifts.

FWC previously introduced changes to casual and overtime rates back in November 2020. This was in response to multiple complaints from Ai Group, Professionals Australia, and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

“The overtime for casuals decision (August 2020) determined that the casual loading was to be paid when overtime was worked, and it should be calculated on a compounding (not cumulative) basis,” CFMEU said according to the publication.

“The November 2020 decision did not consider how the casual rate and shift penalties should be calculated when applied together.”

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