Penalty rates, hidden compliance costs come out in survey

Source: Grapegrower & Winemaker, May 2015, A RECENT survey of wine industry employers from across Australia has found the current workplace relations system to be complicated and expensive. Real-life examples from employers were collected earlier in the year by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) in a bid to identify the impact of […]

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Winemakers forced to recruit overseas workers over lack of applications from Adelaide’s jobless

GRAPE growers and winemakers say they are being forced to hire foreign workers because people from Adelaide’s high-unemployment areas seem unwilling to move even temporarily to the country. More than 105,000 temporary work visas were granted by the Department of Immigration to foreign nationals in 2013-14. The South Australian Wine Industry Association has told a […]

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Fair Work Ombudsman’s presence helped ensure ‘level playing field’ for Hunter Valley grape harvest

Source: Fair Work Ombudsman, Employers say scrutiny of wages and conditions for seasonal workers in the Hunter Valley last summer kept some rogue labour-hire contractors out of the NSW wine-producing region. The Fair Work Ombudsman flagged late last year that it would be active in the Hunter Valley as part of its three-year national Harvest […]

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Draytons Wines fined over $200,000 for blast that killed Trevor Drayton, Eddie Orgo

DRAYTON’S Family Wines has been fined more than $200,000 over the explosion that claimed the lives of winemaker Trevor Drayton and welder Eddie Orgo. Workcover NSW prosecuted Drayton’s, and Mr Orgo’s employer, Perfab Engineering, in the District Court’s criminal jurisdiction for two breaches each of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. MORE

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New Zealand job market full of opportunity

The New Zealand job market continues to thrive, according to an analysis of more than 50,000 roles listed on Trade Me Jobs in the first quarter of 2014. Head of Trade Me Jobs, Peter Osborne, said the number of listings on the site rose 21% year-on-year, following on from a 17% lift in the final […]

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