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News News Employer and Barnett Government wage ask shown to be out of touch

Simone McGurk, Secretary UnionsWA, today commented on the decision in the WA State Wage Case by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC).  The WAIRC decided to award a 3.4% increase in the minimum wage, a rise of $20.60 to $627.70 per week for a full time worker, equivalent to a 54 cent per hour increase making the minimum hourly rate $16.52. 


Around 100,000 workers are covered by State Awards and will be affected by this decision, including those on the Minimum Wage and those on other award levels of payment that will rise as a result of this decision.

“This Industrial Relations Commission decision highlights how much the Barnett Government and many employers are out of touch.

“In the face of rising costs of living, employers asked that the lowest paid in WA get a rise of less than thirty cents an hour and the Barnett Government proposed only a forty cent improvement.

“The decision by the Commission is disappointing for working people, but at least this independent body is more in touch with reality than the Barnett Government and the Chamber of Commerce.

“More working poor people now have to meet rising costs for essentials such as power and housing, largely because the Barnett Government is increasing electricity charges and failing to manage the resources boom,” said UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk.

Prior to this decision the state minimum wage was $607.10 ($15.98 per hour for 38 hours).  Key submissions to the WAIRC recommended the following:

• The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA proposed an increased by $11.00 per week, up by $0.29 per hour or 1.8%;

• The WA State Government proposed an increase of $15.20 per week, up by $0.40 per hours or 2.5%;

• Unions WA and the WA Council of Social Service sought an increased $42.50 per week or $1.12 per hour 7.0%.

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