$28 minimum wage claim
A$28-A-WEEK pay rise for minimum wage earners is modest and affordable, the ACTU says. It has lodged its submission to Fair Work Australia’s annual wage review for the rise for the one in six Australian workers who works on award minimum wages.
Secretary Jeff Lawrence says business groups this year effectively are repeating what they said last year in stating that allowing the lowest paid workers to receive a $20-plus pay rise will send businesses to the wall.
The minimum wage was lifted by $26 a week last year.
‘‘The Australian economy has continued to outperform most of the developed world,’’ Mr Lawrence says.
‘‘Economic growth continued around the long-term average, unemployment is on the decline, wages growth is solid but sustainable and productivity has risen.’’
He says independent research conducted by the Workplace Research Centre shows employers generally do not budget for minimum wage increases.
The $26 increase awarded in 2010 had little impact on businesses, he says.
A $28 pay rise would lift weekly wages from $569.90 to $597.90.