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The restaurant and catering award modernisation process is almost over. Wait to see what the future holds.

Pretty soon, we’ll know the proposed outcome of the award modernisation process. While there’s still work to do in responding to the draft award, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) has now heard from the R&CA and all the other stakeholders on how they see a modern award working for the industry.

Both the federal and state associations have campaigned hard for a separate restaurant and catering award, and all submissions were based around a series of proposals providing flexible and fair conditions for the industry.

The associations also argued for penalty rates to be allocated to the sixth and seventh consecutive working days rather than Saturday and Sunday—although it seems unlikely this proposal will be accepted. Nevertheless, the penalty issue is an important principle for the majority of members in the new award system.

The full modernisation process will be complete by the end of the year, leaving 12 months for the implementation process. This too will be a hard slog, requiring the continued commitment of all associations to a single national direction on IR.

A survey undertaken as part of the preparation for submissions to the AIRC was well-received by many restaurateurs. Thank you for playing a part in our advocacy effort.

Con Castrisos
President, Restaurant & Catering  Australia

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