Unions blast pay freeze demand

Unions WA says it is a disgrace the Chamber of Commerce- and Industry proposes a standstill in the minimum wage for low-paid workers, especially considering high costs in the State.

CCI WA wants no change to the minimum wage, saying it is already $24 a week higher than the national rate at $679.90 a week and hampers small businesses trying to create jobs.

“WA is currently facing a challenging business environment as a result of the sharp decline in the State’s economic performance,” the business lobby group said in a submission to the WA Industrial Relations Commission.

Unions WA is calling for a 4.4 per cent or $30 a week increase, arguing it is essential to address the widening gap between low-paid workers and the rest of the State’s workforce

The WA Industrial Relations Commission is holding hearings and will rule next month.