Fair Work Commission to reveal its decision on minimum wages on Wednesday


Millions of Australians set to get a pay rise this Wednesday – after Anthony Albanese demanded for wages to rise amid soaring inflation

  • More than 2.6 million Aussies on minimum wages will find out if pay will change 
  • A decision from the Fair Work Commission will be revealed on Wednesday   
  • The Albanese Government has put forward the argument for a rise 
  • This would ensure wages do not go backwards when compared to inflation 

More than 2.6 million Australians on award and minimum wages will find out how their pay packets could change when the industrial umpire makes its annual decision.

The Fair Work Commission will broadcast online the result of its review on Wednesday at 10am AEST.

The Albanese Government has argued for a rise which ensures wages do not go backwards when compared to inflation, which sits at 5.1 per cent.

More than 2.6 million Australians on award and minimum wages will find out how their pay packets could change when the industrial umpire makes its annual decision (pictured, Australian workers)

More than 2.6 million Australians on award and minimum wages will find out how their pay packets could change when the industrial umpire makes its annual decision (pictured, Australian workers)

The Albanese Government has argued for a rise which ensures wages do not go backwards when compared to inflation, which sits at 5.1 per cent (pictured, Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese)

The Albanese Government has argued for a rise which ensures wages do not go backwards when compared to inflation, which sits at 5.1 per cent (pictured, Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese)

Unions have pushed for a 5.5 per cent increase which they say will prevent a further real wage cut for a quarter of all workers.

‘We submit that minimum and award wages must grow to ensure that award-reliant households can both meet the rising cost of living pressures facing them and enjoy their fair share of productivity growth,’ the ACTU said in its submission.

‘Yet employees are facing a rate of inflation almost twice that of anticipated wage growth by the end of 2022 according to the RBA. And it is the low paid who have been hit the hardest.’

Last year the national minimum wage increased by 2.5 per cent to $772.60 a week, or $20.33 an hour.

Last year the national minimum wage increased by 2.5 per cent to $772.60 a week, or $20.33 an hour (pictured, person holding Australian money)

Last year the national minimum wage increased by 2.5 per cent to $772.60 a week, or $20.33 an hour (pictured, person holding Australian money)

The Australian Industry Group urged the commission to limit its increase to 2.5 per cent, arguing the union bid would ‘add substantially to the risks of entrenching inflation and greater increases in interest rates’.

‘It would have adverse impacts on the economy, on unemployment, on underemployment and on sentiment, and would be a setback for many low income households.’

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