Cherries Tasmania Orchards has adopted picker tracking technology in order to tackle new piece-rate payment requirements. The company implemented AgPick Technology in December, at the start of its harvest, to help keep better track of workers' hours and output. The software tells growers who picked their fruit, uploading the information in real time, while also telling the owners what is coming from the field including fruit type, volumes and grade.
In November last year, the Fair Work Commission maintained the ability for farmers to pay workers on the Horticulture Award piece-rates, but instituted a guaranteed minimum casual rate of $25.41 per hour. This decision has caused many within the horticulture industry to revise and re-think how they pay staff.
Cherries Tasmania Orchards' managing director Nic Hansen said the producer had been looking to migrate to an automated system to manage its labor for some time before he met the AgPick team at the Fruit Growers Tasmania conference.
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