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Minimum Wage Review: Up $16 a week
TODAY the Fair Work Commission announced an increase of 2.5% to the minimum wage.
From July 1 Australia’s lowest paid workers get an extra $16 to raise their wage from $640.90 to $656.90 a week.
Australian Unions pushed for a pay increase of $27 a week, while the Australian Industry Group that represents large businesses wanted an increase of only $10.25. The Australian Chamber of Commerce wanted a maximum of a miserable $5.70 a week for these low paid employees.
Responding to the Fair Work Commission’s decision, ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said that a $16 per week wage increase for Australia’s lowest paid workers wasn’t enough to close the gap with average wages.
“Every year that gap is getting wider and wider and will see Australia head down the path of an entrenched US style working poor,” Mr Oliver said.
Every year unions advocate on behalf of our lowest paid workers – around 1.86 million people, yet there’s constant opposition to this from business lobbies. The minimum wage review is just one way unions are fighting to improve the lives of Australian workers at work and at home.