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Fair piece rates for farm workers

July 14, 2021 2:43 pm

Farm workers, backpackers, seasonal workers and other migrant workers tell us they are commonly paid well below the minimum wage, due to unfair piece rates set by farmers and their labour hire companies.

Many piece rate workers don’t have a real say in the way piece rates are set and are forced to do unpaid work, overfill buckets and not paid for the additional fruit picked.

Farm workers deserve a fair piece rate system that guarantees them a minimum hourly base rate.

The AWU wants the Horticulture Award amended to guarantee every worker on every farm is entitled to take home the minimum casual rate of pay, currently $25.41 per hour.

We’re in the Fair Work Commissions right now arguing our case for fair pay for farm workers.

Get on board with our fair piece rates for farm workers campaign – sign our petition to change the laws to make sure that farm workers receive a guaranteed minimum hourly rate regardless of what you pick.

Sign our petition here.

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22 July 2021

Fair Work Commission Concludes AWU Farm Workers Case

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12 July 2021

AWU steps in to fix farming’s broken piece-rate system

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19 June 2021

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8 June 2021

Australian farming sector records the best results in 17 years

Read the full news story here.

31 March 2021

AWU secures support for horticultural industry minimum wage reforms

Read the full news story here.

10 March 2021

Azarias report highlights need for action on agricultural sector abuse

Read the full news story here.


26 February 2021

Retail Supply Chain Alliance calls for Royal Commission at Parliament House

Read the full news story here.

16 December 2020

AWU moves to close loophole allowing farms to pay $3 an hour

Read the full news story here.

4 December 2020

SHAMEFUL SUPERFOOD: The hidden cost of our blueberry bonanza

Read the full news story here.

2 November 2020

Retail Supply Chain Alliance holds packed meeting in Coffs Harbour

Read the full news story here.


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