Six Myths about the Minimum Wage

It’s that time of the year when the WA Industrial Relations Commission sets the Minimum Wage.  Business has recommended that there be no increase, the Barnett Government that it increase by 1.25% and UnionsWA has recommended a 4.4% increase.

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Many of the arguments by UnionsWA for an increase in the minimum wage are because the cost of living has gone up so much.  Low-paid people tend to spend much more of their income on essentials such as housing or electricity.  These costs that have been going up more than by inflation. Most of us understand this argument.

Here we want to counter some of the key myths that conservatives use to argue against improving the minimum wage.     

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Budget – Old and tired not good enough

UnionsWA today commented on the release of the 2016 WA state budget including continuing and wide-ranging job and services cuts, increases in fees and charges and continuation of the government’s failed privatisation agenda.

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Australia's longest strike

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The longest strike in Australian history began on 1 May 1946.  The planning had begun during the war and required sophisticated organisation to coordinate hundreds of workers across vast stretches of WA's Pilbara region. The victories were numerous and far-reaching.  So why is this event almost forgotten and rarely taught or talked about today?

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Don’t sell out people’s wages

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By Dave Oliver, Secretary, ACTU

I try not to waste time on Martin Ferguson these days but the stench of hypocrisy can, at times, overwhelm even those with the strongest stomachs. Mr Ferguson’s new found opposition to Sunday penalty rates, printed in The Australian last week, is one of those times.

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Truck deaths remembered – WA action needed

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UnionsWA and the Transport Workers Union have today, International Workers' Memorial Day - commented on the high number of truck and work related fatalities and called for greater preventative action.

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Time to stop privatisation

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UnionsWA , the Save Our Services and Use Your Power groups have, at the one-year mark out from the 11 March 2017 WA state election, announced details of a range of activities in opposition to privatisation of public services and public assets.

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Services pay freeze bad for public

UnionsWA and unions representing hospital, school, other service and professional employees have today commented on the announced pay freeze by WA Treasurer, Mike Nahan.

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Meredith Hammat (Secretary, UnionsWA) at Parliament House with John Welch (WAPOU), Toni Walkington (CPSU) and Dan Hill (HSU).
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WA Jobs Boost Needed

The ACTU and UnionsWA have commented on the release today by the ABS of unemployment statistics to warn that not enough is being done to transition the WA economy beyond the resources sector.

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Broken

UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the Barnett Government of its’ Mid-Year Financial Projections Statement.

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Uni Sackings "short-sighted"

UnionsWA has today supported academic and general staff at the University of Western Australia in condemning the sacking of 300 staff and appalling manner in which that decision was communicated to the community.

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