| FWC 3057|
|FAIR WORK COMMISSION|
Fair Work Act 2009
s.160—Application to vary a modern award to remove ambiguity or uncertainty or correct error
Variation on the Commission’s Own Motion—Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2020
JUSTICE ROSS, PRESIDENT
MELBOURNE, 31 MAY 2021
Variation of modern award to correct error – Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2020 – payment for shiftwork – clause 29.3 varied.
 In a statement issued on 12 May 2021 1 (the Statement) an error was identified concerning the expression of the entitlements for the afternoon and night shift and the permanent night shift in clause 29.3 of the Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2020 (the Award), being described as 115% and 130% of the weekly award rate, respectively. This is inconsistent with the method of calculating payments applied for those same shifts in clauses C.3.1 and C.5.1 of the Award. The calculation method set out in clauses C.3.1 and C.5.1 is 15% or 30% of the ordinary weekly rate per shift is in addition to whatever payment would be received for ordinary hours.
 The Statement sets out the background to this issue, as well as the legislative framework for varying a modern award to remove ambiguity, uncertainty or to correct an error. I do not propose to repeat that background here.
 In the Statement I expressed the provisional view that the wording of the Payment of the shiftwork provision in clause 29.3 of the Award is incorrect and inconsistent with clauses C.3.1 and C.5.2 and constitutes an error for the purposes of s.160 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
 To correct the error, I proposed that clause 29.3 be amended as follows:
‘(a) A shiftworker while on afternoon or night shift will be paid an additional 15%
115% of the weekly award rate per shift for the classification concerned.
(b) A shiftworker while on permanent night shift will be paid an additional 30%
130% of the weekly award rate per shift for the classification concerned.
NOTE: See Schedule C—Summary of Hourly Rates of Pay for a summary of hourly rates of pay including overtime and penalty rates.’
 A draft determination was published concurrently with the Statement and I expressed that it was my provisional view that the determination should operate retrospectively from 1 February 2021 (being the date the error was introduced into the Award).
 Parties were requested to file any submissions in opposition to the provisional views by 4pm on 26 May 2021.
 Only one submission was received from the Australian Industry Group advising it agreed with the proposed variation and accordingly, I confirm my provisional views. A determination giving effect to the change will be issued with this decision.
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