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Labor Anthony Albanian returns 5.1% minimum wage increase Fair Work Commission Australia


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Millions of Aussies go for massive pay rise as Anthony Albanese registers 5.1% rise to fight rising cost of living

  • Labor supports raising wages for Australia’s lowest workers
  • The increase would be the largest in decades

The federal government has called on the Fair Work Commission to ensure that the wages of low-income workers do not fall, in its argument about a possible increase in the minimum wage.

The government submitted its entry to the committee on Friday afternoon, which is assessing whether the minimum wage should rise above its current level of $20.33 an hour.

After rising inflation, the highest in two decades, Labor Secretary Tony Burke said the government is ready to fight for better wages for workers.

“Keeping wages low is no longer a position of the government of Australia, we want to make sure wages can move, and the first step has been taken today,” Burke told reporters in Sydney.

“We made it clear to the Fair Work Commission in its annual age survey that the government’s position is that we don’t want low-paid workers to decline.”

While the filing does not include a figure on how much the minimum wage should increase, the government argued that wages should not decline as the consumer price index rises to 5.1 percent.

The government’s submission read: ‘When considering its decision on wages for this year, the government recommends that the Fair Work Commission ensure that the real wages of low-paid workers in Australia do not decline.’

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said during the election campaign that he would “absolutely” support a 5.1 percent increase in the minimum wage.

Mr Burke said the submission was not limited to the one on the minimum wage, also referring to low-paid workers.

“They are largely the heroes of the pandemic … We are also talking about people with prices close to minimum wage,” he said.

“We don’t want anyone to back down, but there is a particular priority now regarding low-paid workers.”

Other bodies have until Wednesday to submit a response to the cabinet position.

In its submission to the Fair Work Commission, the Australian Council of Trade Unions had called for a 5.5 percent increase in the minimum wage.

The committee is expected to make its final decision before the end of the month.


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