Unions urge Fair Work Commission to raise minimum and award wages by 7.2%
Unions have called for a uniform 7.2% increase to the minimum and award wages, which would give a $50-a-week pay rise to Australia’s lowest-paid workers.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions will ask for the rise in a submission to the Fair Work Commission’s annual minimum wage case, which will apply from July.
The claim is highly ambitious – more than double last year’s $22-a-week increase – and is part of unions’ campaign to make the minimum wage a “living wage” that keeps up with the cost of living.
The Australian Industry Group has called for a “modest” increase of 1.8%, or $12.50 a... read more
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