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T3059 and T2550 - 30 August



Industrial Relations Act 1984
s.23 application for award or variation of award

The Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union of Australia,

(T.3059 of 1991)


Federated Clerks Union of Australia,
Tasmanian Branch

(T.2550 of 1990)




HOBART, 30 August 1991

Structural Efficiency Principle


In my Reasons for Interim Decision granting the second instalment structural efficiency adjustment further proceedings were contemplated to implement a classification structure in the Laundry and Dry Cleaning Award.

Accordingly in these proceedings a consent classification structure modelled on the structure endorsed by the Laundry Workers Conciliation and Arbitration Board constituted under the Victorian Industrial Relations Act 1979 was submitted to the Commission for approval.

The structure contains four grades of Laundry Worker. The base Grade 1 requires that employees be trained in an area of work designated as a "Bracket". The skills acquired facilitate career path options through the remaining classification structure culminating in supervisory duties and responsibilities at Grade 4. Given the training requirements in each of the classification levels the end result will be a multi-skilled workforce.

Ms Moncrieff for The Federated Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Association of Australasia, Tasmanian Branch, (FEDFA) was concerned to indicate to the Commission that whilst the FEDFA was in agreement with the structure, it would not be acceptable where the boiler in any one operation required the boiler attendant to be continuously engaged on boiler duties. It appears however that the boilers used in the industry subject to the award do not require a boiler attendant being dedicated to them on a full-time basis. Therefore employees responsible for boiler duties will also be able to undertake other work in laundry and/or dry cleaning operations. Should this not be the case, leave is reserved to the FEDFA to seek amendment to the structure now approved.

I was informed that the relativities in wage rates were based on $407.00 per week, i.e. tradespersons rate of pay in the metal industry and that minimum rates adjustments would be made to bring the rates of pay in the classification structure to 80% of $407 at Grade 1 through to 95% at Grade 4. The first minimum rates adjustment is approved as part of the classification structure put forward in these proceedings.

Whilst the Federated Clerks Union of Australia, Tasmanian Branch, and the Transport Workers' Union of Australia, Tasmanian Branch, were not represented at this particular hearing, I have decided to return the Divisions in the award relevant to those employee organisations. Accordingly in the preparation of the draft order the parties will have to have regard for that aspect.

The operative date of this decision will be the first pay period to commence on or after 28 August 1991. Order and Correction Order


R.K. Gozzi

Mr K. O'Brien for The Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union of Australia, Tasmanian Branch.
Ms D. Moncrieff for The Federated Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Association of Australasia, Tasmanian Branch.
Mr M. Sertori for the Tasmanian Confederation of Industries.

Date and Place of Hearing:
August 28