Award interpretation is time-consuming and the situation is made even more complex by the number of different Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBAs) and awards in the construction industry. It used to take considerable time to ensure each worker was paid accurately.
For large construction companies such as Cubic, multiple sites with a relatively high labour turnover is the norm.
“There’s no limit to the number of awards you can have in there. Now we can offset each person to whatever award they’re going to be under and you can also offset an award to a project, which is helpful when we can have more than one EBA going. We attach each EBA to a specific project so if a person is working on multiple sites, they get that rate – plus the allowances associated with that project.”