Make sure you have the rise, low paid told
MINIMUM wage earners must check their pay packets to ensure they have received the wage rise granted by Fair Work Australia last month, the ACTUurges.
Secretary Jeff Lawrence says about 1.4 million workers received the 3.4 per cent wage rise, which is to be added to pay for the first full pay period starting on or after July 1, to help them keep pace with the rising cost of living.
‘‘Now that the minimum wage has gone up, all workplace agreements and contracts need to be checked to make sure that the rates of pay stay above the legal minimum,’’ he says.
‘‘This means that some workers on workplace agreements or over-award contracts will be entitled to a pay rise because the award rate is the absolute minimum an employer can pay a worker.
‘‘Workers should check their wages against the legal minimum rates to ensure they are not being underpaid thanks to the increase in the minimum wages.’’
TheFWApanel’s decision means an extra $19.40 a week, or an hourly rate of $15.51, for the lowest paid workers.