It was a nice site with what seemed like a very efficient schedule and an interesting workforce. Most of the laborers were in boots, jean shorts, tank tops, and were covered in tattoos. Skilled labor union workers in Australia have it made. Carpenters can make up to $240K a year. All laborers work from 7-3:30 on base pay, they are considered to be on overtime and make 1.5 times base pay from 3:30-5, and if they work after 5 they make 2 times base pay and are required to be provided with dinner. They work Monday through Saturday and get every other Monday off. If the weather in Melbourne gets over 42 degrees (105 fahrenheit), job supervisors are expected to send the laborers home with a full day's pay. Also, the guys were telling me if it rains for more than 4 hours at a job they get sent home with a full day's pay, and supervisors are required to have awnings built from parking to the site because the workers don't have to walk in the rain. Sounds like union workers seem like divas, but I wouldn't complain with all those perks.
|Top floor of the complex, 22 floors up.|