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Payment contraventions

Contraventions identified at Woolworths sites included:

  • non-payment or incorrect payment of minimum wages, part-time allowances and minimum engagement provisions. Hourly rates for cleaners ranged from $14 per hour to $21 per hour with some employees being paid $7 an hour during a training period
  • non-payment or incorrect payment of permanent night shift allowances, and weekend and public holiday penalty rates
  • non-payment or incorrect payment of overtime for workers who had worked:
    • in excess of 7.6 hours per day, five days per week or 38 hours per week
    • overtime for the first two hours and for time worked thereafter
    • overtime for Sunday work
  • employees not paid weekly, fortnightly or on time.

Some of the rates of pay applicable at the time of the inquiry are set out below and show that the flat rates of pay being offered by sub-contractors to supermarket cleaners were in some cases up to $26 below the applicable hourly rate.

2014
Employment status Base hourly rate Permanent night shift Saturday Sunday
Full time $18.01 $23.41 $27.02 $36.02 
Part time $20.71 $23.41* $29.72 $38.72
Casual $22.51 $27.92 $31.51

$40.80 - Schedule A - Existing employee / change of contract

$40.52 - Modern Award - Employee new to the industry


2015
Employment status Base hourly rate Permanent night shift Saturday Sunday
Full time $18.46 $24.00 $27.69 $36.92 
Part time $21.23 $24.00* $30.46 $39.69
Casual $23.08 $28.61 $32.31

$41.54

*Part-time employees are not paid the 15% allowance when working permanent night shifts.