Apprentice Pay Decision Will Lock Young People Out Of Work

22 August 2013

Master Builders Australia says the hopes of thousands of young people seeking jobs in the building and construction industry were dashed today by the Fair Work Commission’s decision to effectively raise the pay of first and second year trade apprentices by 20%.

Apprentice Pay Decision Will Lock Young People Out Of Work

Master Builders Australia says the hopes of thousands of young people seeking jobs in the building and construction industry were dashed today by the Fair Work Commission’s decision to effectively raise the pay of first and second year trade apprentices by 20%.

“The Fair Work Commission’s decision today will lock thousands of young Australians out of rewarding careers in an industry crying out for more skilled workers over the next decade,” Master Builders Chief Executive Officer Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“It must be remembered that apprentices are being paid to attain a qualification,” he said.

“The Commission’s decision will simply price many apprentices out of what is already a tight job market and at a time when the building and construction is struggling and less able to afford to take them on.”

The Commission’s decision could not come at worse time as the numbers of trade apprentices has slightly increased for the first time in two years on the back of falls of 32% over the same period.

The Commission’s decision follows a campaign by the ACTU and a range of unions, including building unions. The CFMEU’s wage claim wilfully ignored the job losses which will follow this decision and the disincentive for employers to take on adult apprentices when their wages increase without productivity measures.

“Unions such as the CFMEU have lost touch with reality when they denigrate 457 visa workers because they want more employment for Australian workers but pursue a wage claim that will lock thousands of young Australians out of vocational training and a rewarding career,” Mr Harnisch said.

 

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ABN 68 137 130 182, Tel: 02 6202 8888, Fax 02 6202 8877, Email enquiries@masterbuilders.com.au

 

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