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Carpenters Set to Earn $300,000+ on Queen’s Wharf Project

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The following article published by The Australian reveals the shocking pay rate our Carpenters are set to pocket for the Queens Wharf project in Brisbane.


Carpenters working on Brisbane’s multibillion-dollar Queen’s Wharf project will get up to $288,500 a year to make sure they don’t strike.

The Courier-Mail reveals today that the workers will get a 5 per cent-a-year rise in their wages until the completion of the project in 2022, taking some salaries beyond $330,000 a year.

In a deal brokered by the CFMEU, if a carpenter is ­engaged on shift work and begins ordinary-hours work after 1pm, the 46-hour-per-week rate totals $288,500 a year, including super.

These rates do not include on-costs for annual leave, public holidays, personal leave, wet weather, lost time, long service leave, Sunday loadings, WorkCover and payroll tax, which adds 30 per cent on top of the wage.

The Queen’s Wharf deal is well in excess of the average CFMEU enterprise bargaining agreement for carpenters.

The project includes a ­casino, 2000-unit residential towers, several hotels and 50 restaurants.

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