Unions hit out at minimum wage award

The West Australian  1 June 16

Unions say Australia is at risk of having a US-style working poor after the latest minimum wage award again fell short of their claim.

However, business says the 2.4 per cent increase granted by the Fair Work Commission risks putting pressure on unemployment.

FWC president Iain Ross said Australia’s low inflation and robust economy should be used to give the lowest, paid workers an extra $15.80 a week from July 1 to $672.70.

“The level of increase … will not lead to inflationary pressure and is highly unlikely to have any negative impact on employment,” he said.

The increase was below the $30 a week rise the ACTU wanted but above the $7.90 to $10.50 rise business groups had sought.