Hospitality industry and the Covid19 virus pandemic

The Fair Work Commission is currently dealing with a very urgent application to amend the Restaurant Industry Award in an endeavour to save jobs during the current pandemic. Today it issued the following statement.

“Restaurant Industry Award 2010

An application to vary the Restaurant Award was received on 30 March 2020. The application seeks to include a new schedule in the Restaurant Award that provides for flexibility similar to the new schedules in the Clerks Award and Hospitality Award, as discussed below.

In a statement issued on 30 March 2020, a Full Bench of the Commission expressed the provisional view that the variation of the Restaurant Award in the terms proposed is necessary to meet the modern awards objective. Any submission supporting or opposing the Restaurant Award application and the provisional views set out above were due by 4pm today, Tuesday, 31 March 2020.”