You Won't Believe How Much 'Lollypop Ladies' Are Paid
While it feels like Sydney is one giant construction site at the moment, there is one thing that motorists and pedestrians alike have noticed, and that is the amount of so-called 'lollypop ladies' on our roads.
As construction vehicles often require traffic controllers to halt motorists, it's become apparent that more often than not it's a female who is undertaking the role.
Many of the women are overseas students who have decided to take on the boredom, scorching sun, and occasional abuse, for a handsome pay packet.
It's been revealed that some annual pay packets go as high as $130,000, but many say that people are constantly hostile towards them, calling them ‘lazy’ and undeserving of their high salaries.
A former architect from Brazil named Renata moved here years ago to work on construction sites.
She claims while her pay is big, sometimes pocketing $60 an hour, she works hard for her wage, putting in 10-hour shifts on a regular basis.
Renata also revealed she’s often berated by the public.
‘Not everyone is nice (to) us, they can be very mean. They abuse us,’ she told News Corp.
She believes females are better at diffusing tension with pedestrians, as well as noticing hazards on the work site.
‘We have so many machines going up and down, diggers, excavators, gates, if the gate is open and it’s windy the gates can hit someone.'
‘We have to pay attention to so many details and people have no clue.’
Altus Traffic events general manger Bethany Lilford says that:
‘To anybody that does want to be in the industry, I would tell them not to be scared. There is a little bit of a stigma, but that bridge is closing in.’
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union member earns over $40 an hour and also receive a $45 per day travel allowance and a $22 meal allowance.
Depending on the size of the project, workers are also paid a site allowance of between $2.10 and $3.95 per hour.