Published: 30 May 2019
Unions have won a 3% pay increase for workers on the minimum wage payable from July 1, 2019.
The Fair Work Commission has announced that wages for award-reliant workers will be lifted by $21.60 a week or 57 cents an hour as a result of this year's annual wage review ruling.
The new weekly minimum wage will be $740.80 – or $19.49 an hour – from July 1.
While this decision falls well short of the 6% increase Union were seeking in order to work towards the achievement of a living wage, it is an improvement on the calls by some employers groups for a wage freeze as well as the paltry increases sought by the ACCI who called for no more than a 1.8% increase and the Ai Group, who sought a 2 % rise.
While overall wage growth has been at near record lows for more than six years, wage growth for union members is consistently higher than average. Union members know that standing together is the only way to reform our laws and win better outcomes.
However this increase still falls well short of re-establishing the living wage to ensure that no worker lives in poverty. The Unions submission called for a $43 increase and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union will continue to use every means available to us to fight for a living wage for all workers.
The decision demonstrates that the Union movement continues to win big increases in the minimum wage despite the opposition of the Morrison Government and its big business lobbyist mates and their attempts to suppress wages.
Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union National Secretary, Michael O’Connor, said:
“The message from today’s decision is clear: there is only one way to win the fight for better wages and conditions.
If you want a better deal at work, join your Union.”