$27 a week to avert 'working poor': ACTU

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$27 a week to avert 'working poor': ACTU

The ACTU has called for a $27 a week increase to the minimum wage, calling it "essential if Australia is to avoid creating an underclass of working poor".

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The ACTU has called for a $27 a week increase to the minimum wage, calling it "essential if Australia is to avoid creating an underclass of working poor".
 
In the next step of its campaign to boost the minimum wage, the union today lodged a submission to the Fair Work Commission's Annual Wage Review, which included a call for a 71c per hour increase from $16.37 per hour to $17.08 per hour.
 
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said: "A $27 per week increase to the minimum wage will ensure the gap between low paid workers and the rest of the workforce does not widen even further. 

"Australians do not want to live in a country of ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ and the only way for low paid workers to keep up is for the Fair Work Commission to approve this increase.

"That’s why the ACTU is demanding the national minimum wage increase to $649.20 a week for Australia's lowest paid including cleaners, retail and hospitality staff, childcare workers, farm labourers and factory workers."

Employer groups have been more circumspect, with the Australian Industry Group stating in its submission to the wage review that a careful approach was needed "given the adverse economic impacts which would result from an excessive increase''.
 
The Federal Government is yet to comment on the ACTU's submission. 
 
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