Make sure you have the rise, low paid told

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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.

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