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Federal Wage decision not enough for WA
UnionsWA today commented on the decision by Fair Work Commission in the Annual Wage Review.  Today Fair Work Australia announced that the Federal Minimum Wage would rise by 2.6% to $622.20 per week, an increase of $15.80 per week for full time workers.  This decision will affect around 300,000 working people in WA who have their pay determined under Federal Awards.
Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said:
“Today’s increase in the National Wage Case of $15.80` per week for a full time worker falls well short of the Perth house rental rise of $40 per week over the past year typical.
“It is not enough for employers to talk about economic fears which have not been realised.
“What is real is that housing and other essential costs of living are high and rising in WA.
“Interest rates, unemployment and industrial disputes are low.
“The overall inflation is low but this is misleading because low wage workers must meet rising costs for essentials, rather than slowing price rises for electronics, luxuries and lifestyle goods.
“When low wage workers have to face rising costs for essentials they are forced to work longer hours, with less time for family.
”Fears for job security are heightened and such workers are less likely to raise legitimate concerns on the job such as for health and safety to proper pay.

UnionsWA today commented on the decision by Fair Work Commission in the Annual Wage Review.  Today Fair Work Australia announced that the Federal Minimum Wage would rise by 2.6% to $622.20 per week, an increase of $15.80 per week for full time workers.  

This decision will affect around 300,000 working people in WA who have their pay determined under Federal Awards. 

Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said: “Today’s increase in the National Wage Case of $15.80 per week for a full time worker falls well short of the typical Perth house rental rise of $40 per week over the past year . 

“It is not enough for employers to talk about economic fears which have not been realised. “What is real is that housing and other essential costs of living are high and rising in WA. 

“Interest rates, unemployment and industrial disputes are low. 

“The overall inflation is low but this is misleading because low wage workers must meet rising costs for essentials, rather than slowing price rises for electronics, luxuries and lifestyle goods. 

“When low wage workers have to face rising costs for essentials they are forced to work longer hours, with less time for family. 

”Fears for job security are heightened and such workers are less likely to raise legitimate concerns on the job such as for health and safety to proper pay."

 
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