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    Employees at Gladstone Ports Corporation in Queensland earn up to $537 an hour

    REVEALED: The blue-collar job paying $537 an hour with employees paid EIGHT times their usual rate for overtime to work on ‘special’ public holidays

    • Gladstone Ports Corporation employees in QLD receive increase in salary/wage
    • Employees who work on public holidays will receive eight times their usual rate 
    • Overtime paid at time and a half for first three hours and double time after that 
    • Lowest paid employees to earn $243 per hour with highest paid earning $537 

    Port workers are getting paid a massive $537 an hour for working overtime and on public holidays. 

    A workplace agreement for employees at Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), a government owned company in Queensland, was signed off on December 4, 2017.

    The agreement will see all employees, excluding general managers, superintendents or the CEO, entitled to an increase in wages and salaries for the days they work. 

    Employees rostered on for public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Labour Day, Christmas and Boxing Day, will be paid eight times their usual rate, the Gladstone Ports Corporation Enterprise Agreement 2016 GPCEA report reads. 

    Workers hired by Gladstone Ports Corporation are entitled to a wage increase when they work overtime and on public holidays (Bill Shorten (left) meeting with employees on June 26, 2016)

    Those who work overtime will be paid for at the rate of time and a half for the first three hours and double time after that. 

    This means the lowest paid employees would earn as little as $243 per hour with the highest paid earning up to $537 an hour.

    A GPC spokeswoman said the company prides itself for their competitive employee benefits. 

    ‘We pride ourselves and are renowned for being an outstanding local employer in the Central Queensland region, offering competitive remuneration, flexible working arrangements and a range of professional development and health and wellbeing initiatives,’ she told Courier Mail

    On their website they have listed the competitive inclusions which when hired which are: a dedicated superannuation scheme, salary sacrificing flexible work arrangements, job sharing rostered day off (RDO) for wages employees personal.

    They also offer professional development, assistance for tertiary study, employee medical scheme for gap payments, health and well-being program to cover costs of health and well-being products and activities, health and safety awareness training and initiatives.​  

    Employees hired by Gladstone Ports Corportation (pictured) are entitled to an increase in wages and salaries for the days they work

    Employees hired by Gladstone Ports Corportation (pictured) are entitled to an increase in wages and salaries for the days they work

    The entitled base salary for each worker is listed under production, maintenance and administration categories. 

    From November 2016, a production employee is entitled to a minimum base salary of $63,295.35 and maximum of $81,379.22.

    A maintenance employee is entitled to a minimum salary of $72,643.31 and maximum of $94,436.33.

    Administration staff are the biggest winners with the agreement as the minimum base salary is $66,172.30 and the highest is $139,856.20. 

    Employees also receive a 3 per cent pay rise each year on November in line with the Fair Work agreement.     

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