In­dus­try group says pay rise adds risks

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A PAY rise for so­cial and com­mu­nity sec­tor work­ers granted by Fair Work Australia this month cre­ates ‘‘ huge risks’’ for the work­place re­la­tions sys­tem, warns Ai Group.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Heather Rid­out says a min­i­mum wage in­crease of up to 45 per cent, to be phased in over eight years, is on top of an­nual wage re­view in­creases.

‘‘ The decision of the ma­jor­ity of the Full Bench demon­strates that the equal re­mu­ner­a­tion pro­vi­sions of the Fair Work Act need be tight­ened to pre­vent wide­spread flow-on to other in­dus­tries and work­places,’’ she says.

‘‘ The Act should re­quire that equal re­mu­ner­a­tion or­ders are based upon proof that there has been dis­crim­i­na­tion.’’

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