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MECHANICAL OPTICIANS (STATE) AWARD
  
Date04/05/2002
Volume332
Part3
Page No.
DescriptionVIRC - Variation by Industrial Relations Commission
Publication No.C0983
CategoryAward
Award Code 469  
Date Posted04/03/2002

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BEFORE THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION

(469)

SERIAL C0983

 

MECHANICAL OPTICIANS (STATE) AWARD

 

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION OF NEW SOUTH WALES

 

Applications by Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union, New South Wales Branch, industrial organisation of employees.

 

(Nos. IRC 6877 of 1999 and 3414 of 2000)

 

Before Commissioner McLeay

26 June 2001

 

VARIATION

 

1.          Delete clause 1, Arrangement, of the award published 2 March 2001 (322 I.G. 796), and insert in lieu thereof the following:

 

1.  Arrangement

 

Clause No.            Subject Matter

 

1.                   Arrangement

2.                   Anti-Discrimination

3.                   Definitions

4.                   Wages

5.                   Apprentices

6.                   Adult Apprentices

7.                   Hours

8.                   Shift Work

9.                   Overtime

10.                 Casual and Part-time Employees

11.                 Meals

12.                 No Extra Claims

13.                 Contract of Employment

14.                 Structural Efficiency

15.                 Training

16.                 Enterprise Arrangements

17.                 Sundays

18.                 Holidays

19.                 Annual Leave

20.                 Long Service Leave

21.                 Sick Leave

22.                 Personal/Carer's Leave

23.                 Parental Leave

24.                 General Conditions

25.                 Bereavement Leave

26.                 Jury Service

27.                 Shop Stewards

28.                 Payment of Wages

29.                 Redundancy

30.                 Grievance and Dispute Resolution Procedures

31.                 Right of Entry

32.                 Area, Incidence and Duration

 

Schedule 'A' - Rates of Pay and Allowances

 

Part 1 - Rates of Pay

Part 2 - Allowances

 

2.          Delete clause 4, Wages, and insert in lieu thereof the following:

 

4.  Wages

 

(i)         (a)        Optical Worker 1 - An adult employee with no previous experience during the first year of employment in the industry.

 

Total Rate:      See Schedule A - Part 1

 

(b)       Optical Worker 2 - An adult employee who has been an Optical Worker 1 for twelve months and is required to carry out the majority of the following functions:

 

Material Selection;

Painting or Taping;

Grind Blocking:

Tool Selection;

Fining;

Polishing;

Deblocking;

Cleaning;

Grind File;

Template Selection;

Fitting Blocking;

Deblocking (Fitting)

Cleaning (Fitting);

Lens Toughening;

Dispatching;

Tinting.

 

Total Rate:      See Schedule A - Part 1

 

(c)        Optical Worker 3 - An adult employee who has been an Optical Worker 2 for 12 months and is required to carry out the majority of the following additional functions:

 

Automatic Generating;

Template Making;

Automatic Edging;

Layout Marking (Grind and Fitting); or

An adult employee, after working as an Optical Worker 1 for twelve months and carries out vacuum coating operations, computer calculations, or work in a laboratory service office:

 

Total Rate:      See Schedule A - Part 1

 

(d)       Optical Worker 4 - An adult employee who has been an Optical Worker 3 for 12 months and is required to carry out the majority of the following additional functions:

 

Manual Generating;

Power Checking (Dotting);

Fitting;

Hand Roughing;

Final Checking.

 

Total Rate:      See Schedule A - Part 1

 

(e)        Optical Mechanic 1 - A tradesperson who has served an apprenticeship in this industry.

 

Reject control and determining remedial action after final checking will be the responsibility of a tradesperson only.

 

Total Rate:      See Schedule A - Part 1

 

(f)        Optical Mechanic 2 - An Optical Mechanic 1 with twelve months experience who, through the application of additional skills, is required by his/her employer to carry out all of the following work in the normal course of his/her employment, with minimum supervision:

 

Fault finding;

Removal of parts, assemblies or machines and arrange for their repair;

Replacement of parts, assemblies or machines with new or repaired parts, assemblies or machines.

 

Total Rate:      See Schedule A - Part 1

 

(g)       Optical Mechanic 3 - An Optical Mechanic who, through the application of additional skills, is required by his/her employer to carry out work in a laboratory and/or a superstore laboratory, in the normal course of his/her employment without supervision.

 

Total Rate:      See Schedule A - Part 1

 

(ii)        Contact Lenses Definitions - The laboratory is split up into a number of work areas.  Some jobs consist of three or four separate processes, other jobs consist of only one process.  An optical worker will train to perform a majority of the following functions:

 

Function 1:     Base surface cutting (automatic);

Base curve cutting (manual);

Edge rounding;

Base curve polishing.

 

Function 2:     Blocking;

Front surface cutting (automatic);

Front surface cutting (manual).

 

Function 3:     Edge curve polishing;

Optic curve polishing;

Final edge rounding.

 

Function 4:     Final dry lens checking.

 

Function 5:     Slab off cutting (Accucyls).

 

Function 6:     Toric bending;

Toric blocking.

 

Function 7:     P/B fronts;

Optic cutting;

Slab off cutting.

 

Function 8:     Truncation.

 

Function 9:     Final checking.

 

Function 10:   Intake:

Lens Cleaning:

Despatch.

 

Function 11:   Hard lens cleanse.

 

Function 12:   Soft lens cleanse.

 

Definitions - Contact Lenses -

 

Optical Worker 1 — An adult employee during the first year of employment in the industry.

 

Rate of Pay:    See Schedule A - Part 1

 

Optical worker 2 — An adult employee who has been an Optical Worker 1 for 12 months, and successfully performs at least three of the contact Lens functions.

 

Rate of pay:    See Schedule A - Part 1

 

Optical Worker 3 - An adult employee who has been Optical Worker 2 for 12 months, and successfully performs at least five of the Contact Lens functions.

 

Rate of Pay:    See Schedule A - Part 1

 

Optical Worker 4 - An adult employee who has been an Optical Worker 3 for 12 months, and successfully performs at least eight of the contact Lens functions.

 

Rate of Pay:    See Schedule A - Part 1

 

Definitions - Optical Mechanic -

 

Optical Mechanic 1 - A tradesperson who has served an apprenticeship in this industry and performs functions 1 - 12.

 

A number of preventative maintenance and quality control procedures are the responsibility of a tradesperson:

 

Setting of NC machinery;

Setting of lathes for sphere;

Inspection, replacement and setting of diamond tools;

Reject analysis, remedial action;

Rx adjustment.

 

Rate of pay:    See Schedule A - Part 1

 

Optical Mechanic 2 - An Optical Mechanic 1 who, through the application of additional skills, is required by his/her employer to carry out all of the following work in the normal course of his/her employment:

 

Fault finding;

Removal and replacement of parts;

Periodic on-line maintenance.

 

Rate of pay:    See Schedule A - Part 1

 

Optical Mechanic 3 - An Optical Mechanic 2 who is required to carry out the following quality control and maintenance reliability procedures:

 

Acceptance sampling;

Calibration of checking equipment;

Checking and adjustment of equipment setting.

 

Rate of pay:    See Schedule A - Part 1

 

(iii)       Charge Hands -

 

(a)        In charge of not less than two employees and not more than ten employees.

 

(b)       In charge of more than ten employees but not more than twenty employees.

 

             (c)        In charge of more than twenty employees.

 

Allowance(s):       See Schedule A - Part 2

 

(iv)       Juniors - Unapprenticed juniors shall be paid the undermentioned percentages of the total rate of pay prescribed for Optical Worker 2 in paragraph (b) of subclause (i) of this clause for adult employees for work in other than a declared trade:

 

At 16 years of age and under            )

At 17 years of age      )

At 18 years of age      )           See Schedule A - Part 1

At 19 years of age      )

At 20 years of age      )

 

Such rates shall be calculated to the nearest 5 cents, any broken part of 5 cents not exceeding half of 5 cents to be disregarded.

 

(v)        The rates of pay in this award include the adjustments payable under the State Wage Case 2000.  These adjustments may be offset against:

 

(a)        any equivalent overaward payments;  and/or

 

(b)       award wage increases since 29 May 1991, other than Safety Net, State Wage Case and minimum rates adjustments.

 

(vi)       Casual Employee - Casual employees shall be paid at an hourly rate equal to that appropriate weekly rate divided by forty or by the number of ordinary hours worked by employees, other than casual or part-time employees, in the establishment, whichever is the lesser, plus 15 per cent with a minimum payment of four hours' work at the appropriate rate.

 

(vii)      Part-time Employee - Part-time employees shall be paid at an hourly rate equal to the appropriate weekly rate divided by:

 

(a)        40; or

 

(b)       by the number of hours worked by weekly employees in the establishment in which the person is employed, whichever is less.

 

(viii)     The rates of wages for apprentices shall be as follows:

 

Per week

$

 

1st Year           )

2nd Year          )           See Schedule A - Part 1

3rd Year           )

4th Year           )

 

The industry allowance is included in the above rates.

 

The total wages of apprentices shall be calculated to the nearest ten cents, less than five cents to go to the lower amount, five cents or more to go to the higher amount.

 

(ix)       Adult Apprentices -

 

(a)        Where a person was employed by an employer in the optical industry immediately prior to becoming an adult apprentice with that employer, such person shall not suffer a reduction in the rate of pay by virtue of becoming indentured.

 

(b)       Subject to paragraph (a) of this subclause, the rate of pay for an adult apprentice shall be the award wage prescribed in paragraph (a) of subclause (i) of this clause at the time of undertaking an apprenticeship or the rate prescribed by subclause (viii) of this clause for the relevant year of apprenticeship, whichever is the greater.

 

3.          Delete subclause (ii) of clause 9, Overtime , and insert in lieu thereof the following:

 

(ii)        Where an employee is required to work overtime for a period in excess of one and a half hours, the employee shall be supplied with a meal by the employer or paid the amount set out in Schedule A - Part 2 (Meal Allowance), where between Monday and Friday, a second or subsequent meal is taken, the employee shall be supplied with a meal by the employer or be paid the amount set out in Schedule A - Part 2 (Meal Allowance).  This allowance to be paid on the day when overtime is worked where practicable.

 

4.          Delete subclause (ix) of clause 24, General Conditions, and insert in lieu thereof the following:

 

(ix)       First-aid Allowance - An employee who has been trained to render first-aid and who is the current holder of appropriate first-aid qualifications such as a certificate from the St. john Ambulance or similar body, shall be paid a weekly allowance set out in Schedule A - Part 2 (First-aid Allowance).

 

5.          Insert after clause 32, Area, Incidence and Duration, the following new Schedule 'A' - Rates of Pay and Allowances:

 

Schedule 'A' - Rates of Pay and Allowances

 

Part 1 - Rates of Pay

 

 

 

First Phase

Second Phase

Optical Worker

Current Rate

Effective 26/06/01

Effective 26/09/01

 

 

($20.00)

(Remainder)

 

$

$

$

1

376.80

396.80

411.80

2

395.30

415.30

430.30

3

428.40

448.40

463.40

4

436.40

456.40

471.40

 

Optical

 

First Phase

Second Phase

Mechanic

Current Rate

Effective 26/06/01

Effective 26/09/01

 

 

($20.00)

(Remainder)

 

$

$

$

1

484.80

504.80

517.80

2

500.20

520.20

533.20

3

512.60

532.60

545.60

 

Un-Apprenticed Juniors

Percentage of Optical Worker 2

 

%

16 years and under

34

17 years

43.5

18 years

55

19 years

68

20 years

81

 

Apprentice

Old Rate

Rate Per Week

 

Per Week

Effective 26/06/01

 

$

$

1st year

193.20

207.40

2nd year

282.20

302.60

3rd year

374.00

400.20

4th year

422.00

451.60

 

Part 2 - Allowances

 

Clause

Clause

Description

Amount

Number

Title

 

$

4 (iii)

Wages - Charge Hands

Not less than 2 employees and not more than

 

 

 

10 employees

17.40

 

 

More than 10 employees but not more than

 

 

 

20 employees

26.00

 

 

In charge of more than 20 employees

33.20

9 (ii)

Overtime

Meal Allowance

7.60

24 (ix)

General Conditions

First Aid Allowance

7.20

 

6.          This variation shall take effect from the first pay period to commence on or after -

 

(i)         26 September 2001 in respect to the "Second Phase" of pay increases appearing in Part 1 - Rates of Pay, of Schedule 'A' - Rates of Pay and Allowances;  and

 

(ii)        26 June 2001 in all other respects.

 

 

 

J. McLEAY,  Commissioner.

 

 

 

____________________

 

 

 

Printed by the authority of the Industrial Registrar.

 

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