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Old 16th Jun 2012, 15:02   #5 (permalink)
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: On a different Island
Age: 46
Posts: 313
Having worked under two different systems, Oz, no such thing as a 'dinner/meal break'. you are only guaranteed a total of 20 minutes break per shift (or it least it was like that). Reality was effectively much better than that. The rostered hours were averaged through a 'roster cycle' for a 36 hour week and that's what you got paid against.

In Ireland the meal break was guaranteed, you were rostered for a 'gross' hours but worked a net hours, because meal time was your own, you were paid against the net hours.

In Ireland you were also free to leave the compound during your meal break; in Australia you had to beg and plead for permission to leave the compound during a shift.

Of course the trade off was that longer 'rostered on time'...

The later was a much better way to work.
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