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News Media Releases Barnett promise: ¼ mil lowest paid to fall further behind while costs rise
Barnett promise: ¼ mil lowest paid to fall further behind while costs rise
Friday, 08 March 2013 09:50
Media Release           8 March 2013
Barnett promise: ¼ mil lowest paid to fall further behind while costs rise
UnionsWA today released its detailed criticism of the Barnett Government’s draft industrial relations legislation and highlighted how proposed changes will lead to a weaker minimum wage system and poorer wage outcomes in the face of rising costs of living.  More than a quarter of a million of the lowest paid rely on the WA Minimum Wage and linked State Awards.  The Bill also proposes to make it easier for employers to make deductions from pays.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary of UnionsWA said:
“Under Barnett’s proposed industrial relations Bill those already poorly paid will fall further behind while costs of living continue to rise.
“More than a quarter of a million West Australians will get poorer Minimum Wages and State Awards.
“Barnett also goes to the WA election proposing to give more powers to employers to make deductions from pay.
“Barnett has previously opposed penalty rates for low paid hospitality and retail workers and has moved WA towards the weakest health and safety laws in Australia.
“Barnett has claimed that the Bill will align WA’s workplace relations laws with the rest of Australia, which is not true.
“In the WA Parliament on 14 November, 2012 Barnett said of this Bill, quote: “no-one will be worse off under this legislation; I can guarantee that”.
“This Bill breaks that promise.
“The Barnett Government’s Green Bill on industrial relations was introduced in the dying days of 2012.
“If he’s real, then he also needs to reject the minimum wage and pay deduction changes of his Bill.
“By the slight of many hands, the WA Minimum Wage will be eroded over time.
“Proposed new criteria will make the ‘capacity to pay’ of very small businesses an important factor in determining wage increases. High and rising costs of living are a fact of life for all working people in WA.
“Further, the WA Industrial Relations Commission may not even hold hearings for minimum wage cases.
“While Federal laws that replaced Work Choices allowed for the unfair pay of women and men to begin to be addressed, this Bill will do nothing about the large and growing gender pay gap in WA, the worst in Australia.
“At the same time as weakening the conditions of the lowest paid in WA, the Bill will restrict the access of working people to the advocacy and whistle-blower role of unions.”
Further information:
The current WA state minimum wage is $627.70 per week.
Quotation from Premier Barnett - Page 8554 of the 14 November Assembly Hansard:
The UnionsWA ‘Response of UnionsWA to the proposed Labour Relations Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2012’ (March 2013) is available upon request.
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

UnionsWA today released its detailed criticism of the Barnett Government’s draft industrial relations legislation and highlighted how proposed changes will lead to a weaker minimum wage system and poorer wage outcomes in the face of rising costs of living.

 More than a quarter of a million of the lowest paid rely on the WA Minimum Wage and linked State Awards.  The Bill also proposes to make it easier for employers to make deductions from pays.

Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary of UnionsWA said:

“Under Barnett’s proposed industrial relations Bill those already poorly paid will fall further behind while costs of living continue to rise.

“More than a quarter of a million West Australians will get poorer Minimum Wages and State Awards.

“Barnett also goes to the WA election proposing to give more powers to employers to make deductions from pay.

“Barnett has previously opposed penalty rates for low paid hospitality and retail workers and has moved WA towards the weakest health and safety laws in Australia.

“Barnett has claimed that the Bill will align WA’s workplace relations laws with the rest of Australia, which is not true. 

“In the WA Parliament on 14 November, 2012 Barnett said of this Bill, quote: “no-one will be worse off under this legislation; I can guarantee that”.

“This Bill breaks that promise. 

“The Barnett Government’s Green Bill on industrial relations was introduced in the dying days of 2012.

“If he’s real, then he also needs to reject the minimum wage and pay deduction changes of his Bill.

“By the slight of many hands, the WA Minimum Wage will be eroded over time. 

“Proposed new criteria will make the ‘capacity to pay’ of very small businesses an important factor in determining wage increases. High and rising costs of living are a fact of life for all working people in WA.

“Further, the WA Industrial Relations Commission may not even hold hearings for minimum wage cases.

“While Federal laws that replaced Work Choices allowed for the unfair pay of women and men to begin to be addressed, this Bill will do nothing about the large and growing gender pay gap in WA, the worst in Australia. 

“At the same time as weakening the conditions of the lowest paid in WA, the Bill will restrict the access of working people to the advocacy and whistle-blower role of unions.”

Further information:
The current WA state minimum wage is $627.70 per week.

Quotation from Premier Barnett - Page 8554 of the 14 November Assembly

Hansard:http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/hansard/hansard.nsf/0a25d9781ada651ac825758a00178fc7?OpenView&Grid=4&Date=2012-11-19

The UnionsWA ‘Response of UnionsWA to the proposed Labour Relations Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2012’ (March 2013) is available upon request.

Meredith Hammat is available for comment.

pdf 080313_low_paid_to_go_backwards_under_barnett_IR.pdf 321.61 Kb 

 
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