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Issue #1689      June 17, 2015

Low wage outcome “deeply disappointing”

UnionsWA has commented on the decision by the WA Industrial relations Commission in the WA State Wage Case.

Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said: “This is a deeply disappointing and inadequate wage outcome for the lowest paid in WA.

“Many on the minimum wage will be increasingly anxious and frustrated.

“An extra $14 per week or 2.1 percent will not meet high and rising costs of living.

“These costs have been made worse by WA government increase of double or more to fees and charges for essential costs of living such as transportation, electricity and water.

“Inequality will worsen in WA.

“The mean spirited calls for a wage freeze by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA were completely rejected by the Commission.

“This should be a reality check for employer representatives.”

For a full-time adult worker the WA Minimum Wage will be $679 per week. This decision affects around 100,000 working West Australians on the Minimum Wage and reliant on state awards.

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