The construction trades program at the University of Queensland is now up and running, with students getting paid at $50 an hour.
Construction and engineering students were already paid $60 an hour, but the new deal means they will now be paid $50.
The $50 hourly rate applies to the first week of courses in September and the second week of classes in November, and it also applies to apprenticeships and for the first six months after graduation.
The University of Brisbane says the move is an example of the university’s commitment to the industry.
The union representing construction and engineering apprenticeships says the pay increase is unfair.
Construction unions at Queensland universities have long been pushing for a pay increase.
The Construction and Engineering Council of Queensland has been fighting for a higher minimum wage and the state’s higher education minister, Mark Butler, has promised to do more.
“The Queensland government’s action is an important step towards increasing the minimum wage in our state, which is $15 an hour,” Mr Butler said in September.
“I believe the minimum wages should be higher than what is currently being paid at some of our state’s most prestigious universities.”
He said the Queensland Government’s support for the industry was a key part of that commitment.
Topics:education,industry,education-industry-and-finance,jobs,aboriginal-and‑tribal-aboriginals,qld,australiaFirst posted November 06, 2018 07:58:50Contact John DaleyMore stories from Queensland