Stage set as Adelaide Festival Centre staff vote in favour of new wage deals

The curtain has come down on enterprise bargaining negotiations with Adelaide Festival Centre staff, who have voted in favour of the Government’s new enterprise agreement offers, which deliver annual wage increases of 1.2 and 1.5 per cent.

The Adelaide Festival Centre Performing Arts Centre Agreement 2020, which covers more than 220 employees from cleaners, gardeners and carpenters to painters, plumbers and duty operators, provides a 1.2 per cent wage increase in December 2020 and a further 1.5 per cent pay rise in September this year.

A separate enterprise agreement for 95 professional and administrative employees at the Centre, such as accountants, IT and marketing and communications staff, provides a 1.2 per cent pay rise in November 2020. They will receive a further 1.5 per cent wage increase in November this year. 100 per cent of the ballots returned voted in favour of the new agreement.

Treasurer Rob Lucas welcomed the timely resolution of both enterprise agreements, which deliver ‘fair and reasonable salary increases for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s valued staff’.

“We are delighted that our Festival Centre employees – whose important work behind-the-scenes contributes to the city’s significant arts and culture offering – have backed our enterprise agreement offers,” said Mr Lucas.

The enterprise agreement covering Performing Arts Centre employees will be submitted to the SA Employment Tribunal for approval later this month. The Professional and Administration enterprise agreement was approved by the SA Employment Tribunal on 28 January 2021.

Both agreements have an expiry date of 30 June 2022.

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