Thanks once again to ACWA’s specialist industrial relations consultants at ESSA and in particular Graham Lilleyman for the ongoing assistance we receive with all-things IR in the car wash industry.
ESSA has advised that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down the 2019-20 Annual Wage Review Decision. This the first in some 25 years, there has been a majority rather than a unanimous decision. This highlights the difficulty the FWC experienced in reaching the final decision.
The decision has provided an increase in wage rates, but the timing for increases is dependent upon the Award classification. Employees in car wash operations are covered under the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020. Important to note is that the vehicle manufacturing industry has been removed from this Award and the title changed.
Details on timing of the roll-out of the rates increase for the car wash industry can be obtained from the Member’s Only section of the ACWA website https://acwa.net.au/members/#myaccount
Employers are reminded that they are legally obliged to comply with minimum wage and Award obligations, and there are severe penalties for non-compliance.