This is a result of legislative changes that came about from constant complaints from employees (especially at harvest time) being underpaid.
We predict that hourly rates will become the norm over the next few years. The aim is to manage employees to work efficiently and quickly when undertaking vineyard tasks.
This requires good recording and attentive supervising. As a result, Pridham Viticulture are introducing an electronic time keeping program. People can always be let go if they don’t work to a minimum standard.
Communication with clients & wine growers is the key so we all understand that as an industry we must comply with Australian minimum wage standards.