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Employers propose cryonic pay suspension for the poor
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:06
Media Release 28 May 2013
Employers propose cryonic pay suspension for the poor
UnionsWA has commented on the start today of proceedings before the WA Industrial Relations Commission for the State Wage case. The case determines wages for more than 100,000 working West Australians, including through the Minimum Wage which applies to an estimated 20,000 unincorporated employing small businesses as well as employees covered by WA State Awards, many of which are low-waged.
Meredith Hammat, Secretary, UnionsWA said:
“Employers want to conduct an experiment in cryonic suspension with a pay freeze leaving WA’s lowest paid suspended in poverty.
“The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA will today try to justify their claim for a pay freeze for the lowest paid in WA, even though they acknowledge that our economy has been growing and they predict it will continue to grow in the years ahead.
“It is just not possible to live with any decency on a low wage that is frozen in time. Over the past ten years the median unit rent in WA has gone from costing 30% of the weekly minimum wage to now consuming two-thirds.
“Increases in the minimum wage have not kept pace with WA’s high essential costs of living.  WA already has the biggest gap between rich and poor of any State or Territory in Australia.”
Professor Rowena Barrett, small firm researcher and Head of the School of Management at Edith Cowan University, has made a witness statement based on research on the impact on small businesses of Minimum Wages.
“The evidence submitted by Professor Barrett highlights that even very small businesses can adapt to pay rises and the minimum wage doesn't lead to fewer jobs but mean greater income equality, in particular closing the gender wage gap.”
Sources
Proceedings for the WA Wage Case will be broadcast live online today, Tuesday 28 May 2013 from 10.00 am at: http://www.wairc.wa.gov.au/Pages/WageCase/2013StateWageCaseStream.aspx . Submissions to the WA State Wage case are now publicly available at http://www.wairc.wa.gov.au/WageCase/SWC2013/
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

UnionsWA has commented on the start today of proceedings before the WA Industrial Relations Commission for the State Wage case. The case determines wages for more than 100,000 working West Australians,

including through the Minimum Wage which applies to an estimated 20,000 unincorporated employing small businesses as well as employees covered by WA State Awards, many of which are low-waged.  

Meredith Hammat, Secretary, UnionsWA said:
“Employers want to conduct an experiment in cryonic suspension with a pay freeze leaving WA’s lowest paid suspended in poverty.

“The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA will today try to justify their claim for a pay freeze for the lowest paid in WA, even though they acknowledge that our economy has been growing and they predict it will continue to grow in the years ahead. 

“It is just not possible to live with any decency on a low wage that is frozen in time. Over the past ten years the median unit rent in WA has gone from costing 30% of the weekly minimum wage to now consuming two-thirds.

“Increases in the minimum wage have not kept pace with WA’s high essential costs of living.  WA already has the biggest gap between rich and poor of any State or Territory in Australia.”

Professor Rowena Barrett, small firm researcher and Head of the School of Management at Edith Cowan University, has made a witness statement based on research on the impact on small businesses of Minimum Wages.

“The evidence submitted by Professor Barrett highlights that even very small businesses can adapt to pay rises and the minimum wage doesn't lead to fewer jobs but mean greater income equality, in particular closing the gender wage gap.”

Sources

Proceedings for the WA Wage Case will be broadcast live online today, Tuesday 28 May 2013 from 10.00 am at: www.wairc.wa.gov.au

Submissions to the WA State Wage case are now publicly available at  www.wairc.wa.gov.au

Meredith Hammat is available for comment. Contact UnionsWA

 
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