Wage push for low-paid
UNIONS want a $26-a-week pay rise for the lowest paid workers this July.
The ACTU has lodged its submission to Fair Work Australia’s annual wage review to increase the award wage to a minimum $615.30 a week from July 1, saying wages are not keeping pace with the cost of living.
ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence says it is time for an increase that would stop the gap between low-paid workers and those better off from growing further.
‘‘ The 1.4 million workers on award wages – one in six workers – can barely meet the cost of living, let alone live comfortably in an economy that is the envy of the developed world,’’ Lawrence says.
‘‘ It is grossly unfair that minimum wages have fallen further and further behind average wages.’’
Lawrence says if the minimum wage had kept pace with overall wages growth since 2005, it would be $617.50 a week, instead of the current $589.30 a week.