How an ACTU push means millions of Australians can see the minimum wage rise

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How millions of Australians could see a big change in their pay package – and it is the women who will benefit the most

  • Unions are pushing for an increase in the minimum wage of $ 26 a week to help recover from the pandemic
  • Want 3.5 percent increase in minimum wage and compensation for full-time workers
  • ACTU says an increase will help 2.3 million people – 60 percent of whom are women
  • The minimum wage is up 1.75 percent to $ 753.80 a week after revision last year

Unions will push for an increase in the minimum wage of $ 26 a week, warning that the pandemic recovery in Australia will be threatened if wage packages do not rise.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions will submit its submission to the Fair Work Commission’s annual minimum wage review on Friday.

Unions want a 3.5 percent increase in the minimum wage and compensation for a full-time worker, which equates to $ 26.38 per week.

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said the increase would flow to 2.3 million employees, more than 60 percent of whom are women.

“If wages don’t rise, it threatens the entire recovery,” she said on Friday.

‘Money in the hands of working people ensures sustainable economic growth, not greater profits for large companies.’

Unions are pushing for a $ 26 per week minimum wage increase to help Australia get out of the coronavirus pandemic.  Pictured is a bartender in Bunbury, Western Australia

Unions are pushing for a $ 26 per week minimum wage increase to help Australia get out of the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured is a bartender in Bunbury, Western Australia

The national minimum wage rose 1.75 percent to $ 753.80 a week after last year’s revision, but the increase was delayed by at least three months for most workers.

The economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic was attributed to the more modest than usual increase.

In 2019 there was a minimum wage increase of three percent, which was lower than the 3.5 percent increase in 2018 and the 3.3 percent increase in 2017.

Ms. McManus said last year’s increase meant Australia had fallen behind the UK and New Zealand in setting a living wage of 60 percent of median income.

“We cannot tolerate a minimum wage that leaves full-time workers in poverty,” she said.

Everyone suffers if wage growth does not return. When minimum wage workers have no money to spend, local businesses feel that the most. ‘

Employer groups will call on the expert panel to exercise caution when weighing up any increase in the minimum wage.

The Australian Industry Group submission urges that the economic and business risks associated with the end of JobKeeper wage subsidies next week should be considered.

The national minimum wage is up 1.75 percent to $ 753.80 a week after last year's revision, but the increase was delayed by at least three months for most workers (stock image)

The national minimum wage is up 1.75 percent to $ 753.80 a week after last year's revision, but the increase was delayed by at least three months for most workers (stock image)

The national minimum wage is up 1.75 percent to $ 753.80 a week after last year’s revision, but the increase was delayed by at least three months for most workers (stock image)

Ai Group CEO Innes Willox said more data would be reviewed before his organization settles for a proposed minimum wage amount.

“The minimum wage increase from last year’s annual wage revision was not paid by employers in some industries until February 1, 2021,” he said.

“It would be extremely unfair to require them to pay another raise on July 1.”

Mr Willox said the committee should take into account that Australia has the highest national minimum wage in the world based on purchasing power parity.

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