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Unskilled workers in the West Gate Tunnel of Melbourne can earn $ 110k per year for a 36-hour week that climbs to $ 195k in exchange for 56 hours (stock image)

Where do I register? How novice workers earn $ 200k a year at one of Australia's largest construction sites – thanks to the taxpayer

  • Entry-level employees in the West Gate Tunnel earn $ 110,000 to $ 200,000 annually
  • Skilled merchants on the site are getting closer to a staggering $ 300k
  • Figures have alerted the Masters Business Association that says it affects taxpayers
  • Governments claim that private associations cover employee costs – not taxpayers
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The latest figures from an industry report show that entry workers at one of the largest construction sites in Australia are raking nearly $ 200,000 a year.

Unskilled workers in the West Gate Tunnel of Melbourne can earn $ 110,000 a year for a 36-hour week that climbs to $ 195,000 for those who work 56 hours.

However, a qualified trader of the $ 6.7 billion project – managed by John Holland and CPB Contractors – would expect him to take home closer to $ 300,000 once all relevant allowances were paid.

Unskilled workers in the West Gate Tunnel of Melbourne can earn $ 110k per year for a 36-hour week that climbs to $ 195k in exchange for 56 hours (stock image)

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Unskilled workers in the West Gate Tunnel of Melbourne can earn $ 110k per year for a 36-hour week that climbs to $ 195k in exchange for 56 hours (stock image)

The figures, issued by the Master Builders Association from Victoria, have alerted industry professionals.

"A starting worker who doesn't work overtime at a six-figure salary is probably paid more than a teacher or other employee," said Rebecca Casson, Chief Builders Association, CEO The age.

In addition to the wage, each employee is paid $ 215 in superannuation per week.

The Master Builders Association says that a deal won by the national construction union CFMEU has delivered uniform wages and allowances for private projects.

As a result, the MBA claims that these standards have been imprinted on government infrastructure work, thereby increasing payment expectations – which Victorians still have to cover.

However, a qualified trader on the $ 6.7 billion project - executed by John Holland and CPB Contractors - would expect to go home closer to $ 300k once all relevant allowances were paid (stock image)

However, a qualified trader on the $ 6.7 billion project - executed by John Holland and CPB Contractors - would expect to go home closer to $ 300k once all relevant allowances were paid (stock image)

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However, a qualified trader on the $ 6.7 billion project – executed by John Holland and CPB Contractors – would expect to go home closer to $ 300k once all relevant allowances were paid (stock image)

& # 39; It is these incredibly high site fees that really drive up wages; these are affordable regardless of the environmental factors on the site, & # 39; said Casson.

Payments for & # 39; site fee & # 39; in the tunnel have reached $ 9.25 per hour – increasing the wage of a worker by more than $ 24,000 a year.

Mrs. Casson said that many builders were willing to pay the high costs to prevent confrontations with the union.

& # 39; You go with the EBA trade union and you take on those extra salaries and costs, and you avoid the problems of illegal industrial action – but ultimately the costs are actually borne by the people of Victoria because the costs are passed on, & # 39; she said.

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The government said that projects are managed under pre-agreed contracts between staff and contractors and do not entail additional taxes.

All extra costs are paid by private associations that have been awarded the contract, they said.

The CFMEU declined to comment.

The Master Builders Association says that a deal won by the national construction union CFMEU has witnessed uniform wages and allowances rolled out over private projects (stock image)

The Master Builders Association says that a deal won by the national construction union CFMEU has witnessed uniform wages and allowances rolled out over private projects (stock image)

The Master Builders Association says that a deal won by the national construction union CFMEU has witnessed uniform wages and allowances rolled out over private projects (stock image)

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