|Ordinary hours of work (general transport)|
Ordinary hours of work are an average of 38 per week, worked on one of the following bases -
The ordinary hours of work must not exceed 8 hours per day (where accrued RDO arrangements are in place) or 7 hours 36 mins (where no RDO arrangements apply) and must be worked continuously (except for meal breaks) between the hours of 0530 to 1830, Monday to Friday (sub-clauses 22.2 and 3). Note that reasonable overtime hours are discussed under the heading “Overtime”.
This is a 13 hour window (or spread of hours) however, numerous variations and alternative arrangements are prescribed in the RTD Award, given the nature of the industry.
Further, under sub-clause 22.3 the spread of ordinary hours (0530 to 1830) may be altered by one hour at each end, by agreement between the employer and the majority of employees concerned or by agreement between the employer and an individual employee (by flexibility agreement subject to certain safeguards – see clauses 7 and 8).
Ordinary hours of work may include Saturday and Sunday subject to flexibility agreement as described above. Note that if ordinary hours are worked on those days (or on either day) then the following ‘premium’ will be payable under the “penalty rates” sub-clause 28.1 as follows:
Saturday (0001 to 2400) – 150%
Sunday (0001 to 2400) – 200%
Please note that transitional provisions could apply to the above penalty rates.