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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2453


Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   As the detailed nature of the Journalists' (Metropolitan Daily Newspapers) Award, 1971, precludes its incorporation in Hansard (Hansard, 16th September 1971, page 1507), will he indicate (a) the salaries, (b) the hours of duty and provisions for overtime and (c) the allowances for (i) transport and (ii) clothing and dress contained in the award for each grade of journalist, male and female.

(2)   Do any journalists receive entertainment allowances; if so, who are they and what is their entitlement in each case.


Mr Lynch - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) The Journalists (Metropolitan Daily Newspapers) Award, 1971 prescribes the following minimum salaries for both male and female journalists covered by the award:

 

(1)   (b) Generally the award prescribes that the ordinary weekly hours of duty for day workers is to be 40 and the ordinary hours of duty for night workers is to be 38.

In detail, the award prescribes hours of employment as follows:

(a)   'Day work' for the purpose of this part means work other than night work as defined in sub-clause (e) hereof.

(b)   The ordinary weekly hours of duty on day work shall be 40 provided that, in the fortnights in which Christmas Day and Good Friday occur, the ordinary hours of duty shall be 72 and the number of working days shall be reduced by one.

(c)   A member normally engaged on day work who is regularly required once or twice a week to work a shift extending beyond midnight shall after 5 hours continuous duty on that shift, be granted a supper period of not less than 30 minutes.

(d)   All classified members and cadets on day work shall be given two clear days off duty in each week. Provided that, in the fortnights in which Christmas Day and Good Friday occur, five clear days off duty shall be given. Any day or days not so given shall be given off in the succeeding week in addition to the days off for that week; or be paid for in accordance with sub-clause (i) of clause 31.

(e)   'Night work' for the purpose of this part, means employment the greater part of which is after 8.00 p.m. A member so employed on three or more nights in any week, or a member beginning duty at 4.00 p.m. or later on three or more days in any week, shall be regarded as a night worker for that week.

(f)   Subject to sub-clause (g) hereof, the ordinary weekly hours of duty for night workers shall be 38. On a Sunday newspaper published in association with a daily evening paper, the ordinary weekly hours of duty shall be 40.

(g)   In the fortnights in which Christmas Day and Good Friday occur, the ordinary hours of duty on night work shall be 68 and the number of working days shall be reduced by one.

(h)   A night worker shall be given two clear nights off duty in each week. Provided that, in the fortnights in which Christmas Day and Good Friday occur, five clear nights off duty shall be given. Any night or nights not so given off in the next succeeding week in addition to the nights off duty for that week, shall be paid for in accordance with sub-clause (i) of clause 31. A night worker shall be notified at least the day before of any night or consecutive nights he is to be off duty.

(i)   A member employed on night work shall be allowed a supper period of at least 20 minutes after not more than 5 hours continuous duty.

(j)   For the purpose of this clause a clear day or a clear night off duty shall mean a period of 24 consecutive hours. The following conditions shall apply:

(i)   when a member is given one clear day or one clear night off duty that clear day or clear night shall commence at the expiration of 11 hours from the time the member actually ceased duty.

(ii)   when a member is given two or more consecutive clear days or clear nights off duty these consecutive days or nights shall commence at the expiration of 8 hours from the time a member actually ceased duty.

The award sets out the following provisions concerning overtime:

(a)   Any amount paid to a member in excess of the minimum rate to which he is entitled shall not be regarded as a set-off against overtime worked. The hourly rate for overtime purposes shall be calculated by dividing the number of ordinary weekly hours of employment into the minimum rate for the member's grade.

(b)   All overtime payments due to a member shall be made within 18 days of the end of the week oi fortnight, as the case may be, in which the overtime was worked.

(c)   'Daily overtime' represents all time worked after the expiration of 11 hours from entering upon duty in any day and shall be computed as follows:

(i)   The first hour may be allowed off duty in the current or next succeeding week in accordance with sub-clauses (f) and (g) hereof. If not allowed off, it shall be paid for at the rate of time and a half.

(ii)   Any overtime beyond one hour and up to 3 hours shall be paid for at the rate of time and a half; and thereafter at the rate of double time.

(d)   '.Insufficient break' represents all lime worked before the expiration of 11 hours from the completion of the duty on one day and the resumption of duty - except during distant engagements - and shall be computed as follows:

(i)   If the break is less than 8 hours, overtime shall be paid at the rate of double time for ail work done before the expiration of 1 1 hours break.

(ii)   If the break is 8 hours or more, overtime shall be paid at the rate of time and a half for all work done before the expiration of the 1 1 hours break.

(iii)   If a member is called upon to resume duty within 11 hours of completion of a distant engagement, overtime shall be paid at the rate of time and a half for all work done before the expiration of the 1 1 hours break.

(iv)   Time worked during any period of insufficient break shall not be included in the calculation of weekly hours.

(e)   'Weekly overtime' represents all time worked in excess of 40 hours for day workers and 38 hours for night workers, or the reduced total hours occasioned by time given ofl in lieu of overtime but excludes time already paid for or adjusted under sub-clauses (c) and (d) hereof.

Weekly overtime shall be adjusted as follows:

(i)   The first 8 hours may be allowed off duty in the next succeeding week in accordance with sub-clause (f) and (g) hereof. Any of this time not allowed off shall be paid for at the rate of time and a half.

(ii)   Any overtime beyond 8 hours shall be paid for at the rate of double time.

(iii)   Notwithstanding anything hereinbefore contained, any weekly overtime worked during a distant engagement may be allowed off in full.

(f)   Except as provided hi sub-clause (e) (iii) hereof, the maximum number of hours which may be allowed off duty for overtime for any week shall be 10 made up by a total of 8 in excess of the prescribed weekly hours and 2 for work in excess of 11 hours in any days in the preceding week.

(g)   Time Off

(i)   When overtime liquidated by giving time off amounts to 4 hours or less, it shall be given off in one block of 4 hours, except as permitted in subclause (0 hereof in respect of daily overtime.

(ii)   When such overtime exceeds 4 hours and is less than 8 hours it shall be given off in not more than 2 units each of 4 hours.

(iii)   When such overtime is 8 hours or more, it shall be given off in not more than 2 units, one of which shall be 8 hours and the other not less than 4 hours.

(iv)   When a member is to be given 4 hours or more off duty for overtime worked, he shall be notified before he finishes work on the preceding day.

(h)   Any time allowed off duty in lieu of overtime shall correspondingly reduce for that week the hours of 40 in the case of day work and 38 in the case of night work. Alt time worked in excess of the reduced total hours for that week shall be reckoned as overtime and dealt with in accordance with sub-clause (e) hereof.

(i)   When a member is not given his weekly or fortnightly, as the case may be, days or nights off duty as provided in clause 28 of this award, he shall be paid at the rate of double time for all work done on any such day or days with a minimum payment for 4 hours. This provision also applied to the additional day or night off duty in the fortnights in which Christmas Day and Good Friday occur. When such time is paid for, it shall not be included in the weekly or fortnightly hours, as the case may be.

0)   All work done in excess of the fortnightly hours of duty prescribed for the period in which Christmas Day or Good Friday occurs shall be paid for at the rate of double time.

(k)   Special overtime

(i)   When a night worker is required to work after 5 a.m. he shall be paid overtime at double rates for all time worked in excess of 7 hours from the time of entering upon duty.

(ii)   When a night worker is required to begin before 4 p.m. he shall be r;aid overtime rates for all time worked in excess of 9 hours from the lune of entering upon duty.

(iii)   When a day worker is required to begin duty before 6 a.m. on three or more days in a week, daily overtime shall begin after the expiration of 9 hours from the time of entering upon duty.

(iv)   Time worked and paid for under this sub-clause shall not be included in the claculation of weekly hours.

(1)   In no circumstances shall overtime involved in any of the foregoing sub-clauses be paid for more than once.

(m)   Notwithstanding anything hereinafter contained, any overtime accrued during a distant engagement may be allowed off in full.

(1)   (c) (i) and (ii) Under the Award journalists erc to be paid reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.

Female journalists regularly engaged on work requiring attendance in evening dress or in special dress are to be paid a minimum dress allowance of $100 a year.

Female and male journalists are to be reasonably compensated for damage to clothing and personal effects arising out of and in the course of their employment.

(2)   There is no provision in the award specifically prescribing an entertainment allowance but as mentioned in answer to (1) (c) the award requires that reasonable out of pocket expenses be paid.







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