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Modern AwardsNovember 20, 2014
This week the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is investigating a number of mango farms in the NT. With a particular focus on the area around Katherine, investigators will be ensuring that all mango farms are abiding by the Horticulture Award 2010.
The FWC has introduced a three-year Harvest Trail project. This project will consist of a regional team to be sent out to selected areas around the country. Last week it was strawberry farms in the Yarra Valley and now mango farms in the Katherine. All of the sites are to be selected at random and up to 10 farms in each area will be investigated. If the farms are found to have not abided by the Horticulture Award 2010 the business owners face fines of $10,200.
There will also be a focus on the hiring of overseas workers. These workers who are on work and holiday visas may know limited English and are unaware of their workplace entitlements. It is essential that employers do not exploit these vulnerable overseas workers.
It is also interesting to note that the FWO investigators will be visiting hostels in the areas where fruit pickers may be staying. They will talk with them and educate them on their workplace rights and minimum wage entitlements.
If you are currently working in the agricultural industry and would like to ensure that your business is compliant with the Horticulture Award 2010 you should call Employsure now on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below. Employsure can efficiently provide your business with the tools and knowhow to protect your business from fines and ensure that you feel confident should your business be investigated.
*Information sourced via the Fair Work Ombudsman website