A Sydney traffic controller, otherwise known as a lollipop lady, is earning a whopping $130,000 (£67,000) a year – which is TWICE the amount of money nurses earn.
‘Lollipop lady’ Amy Dowsett has revealed she is earning a massive salary working as a traffic operator on a construction site, roughly this is double the amount that a nurse earns.
She says that the construction industry is booming in recent years and it’s all thanks to the industry’s union and it only took her two days to train up for the job!
The 30-year-old told The Daily Telegraph: “When I tell other people how much I earn, they say: ‘Where do I sign up?’
“I’ve got friends who are now in and loving it. You don’t get bored because there is always something going on.”
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union member earns $40 an hour. She also receives a travel allowance of $45 and $22 meal allowance per day.
She says that depending on the size of the project, she may get paid a site allowance too of between $2.10 and $3.95 an hour.
If she works more than 10 hours a day at the Penrith building site, she will even receive double time.
However, employees on a non-CFMEU contract earn significantly less – around half of Ms Dowsett’s salary.
A company owner, who did not want to be named, told a newspaper: “It’s standover tactics. What the CFMEU makes employers pay is a farce.”
The union’s NSW state secretary, Brian Parker, believes that the wage is justified, adding that some traffic controllers are shockingly earning $180,000 per year.
He said: “They stand outside all day in all sorts of weather and they cop abuse from the public.”
In the upcoming months, employees such as Ms Dowsett will be receiving a 3.5 per cent pay rise under a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
Now where do we sign up!?
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