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August 11, 2015


Productivity Commission report attacks penalty rates, minimum wage and rights at work

Unions have always said the Productivity Commission Inquiry was called by the Abbott Government in order to cut penalty rates, the minimum wage and rights at work – the interim report released today confirms that.

The report calls for a two-tiered workplace system with Sunday penalty rates to be cut for workers in hospitality, entertainment and retail but remain the same for health and emergency service workers.

This is a pay cut for the thousands of Australians who work in restaurants, cafes and shops around the country.

There is no evidence to show that cutting penalty rates increases employment or productivity – it is simply a raid on people’s wages that will create an underclass of working poor.

Minimum wage increases that 1.86 million Australians rely on will stagnate under the Productivity Commission’s recommendations and will not take into account rising costs of living.

The gap between the minimum wage and average wages is currently the widest on record yet the Productivity Commission recommends using this as the starting point for future minimum wage increases, linking those increases to productivity and cutting this modest increase even further during high unemployment.

This means the gap between workers on average and minimum wages will never close and inequality in Australia will increase.

Rights at work are also under attack with a recommendation to expand individual contracts that would sit outside the award system, which is the safety net for the most vulnerable workers.

This is worse than Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs) that were put in place under the former Coalition Government’s WorkChoices laws and saw workers given no choice but to sign unfair agreements that removed their rights and conditions.

The Productivity Commission report also takes away payment for public holidays, attacks the power of the Fair Work Commission which is the independent umpire and makes it harder for employees to get help from their union.

The ACTU will fight any move to cut the minimum wage, penalty rates and rights at work.

Australian Unions call on the Abbott Government to rule out these recommendations and protect the wages and rights at work of millions of Australians.

July 7, 2015


Unions say: check your pay slips as wages set to rise today

The wages of Australia’s lowest paid workers increased by $16 per week at the beginning of July as the annual wage review decision affecting 1.8 million award dependent workers came into effect.

This is the only chance for a pay rise for low paid workers and follows the Fair Work Commission’s decision in the union-led annual wage case earlier in June.

Low paid workers including cleaners, shop assistants, restaurant workers, farm hands, administration and health care workers will see an increase of 2.5% in their pays.

All award rates including those above the C10 tradesperson rate will also receive a 2.5% increase.

Unions are urging workers to check their pay slips carefully to ensure they have been paid correctly and anyone who isn’t or requires advice should phone Australian Unions on 1300 486 466.

The ACTU had called for a $27 per week increase to the minimum wage which would have delivered a $3.1 billion per year economic stimulus and contributed towards closing the wages gap.

The decision by the Fair Work Commission to lift Australia’s lowest wages by just $16 is below the 2.8% increase in average wages and lower than the 2014 increase of $18.70, which represented a 3% increase.

While unions are disappointed the full $27 per week was not passed on, the reality is the $16 a week pay rise unions have won is the only pay rise minimum wage works will receive and is well above the $5 a week increase some employer groups were arguing for.

Key facts:

The minimum wage has increased from $640.90 to $656.90 per week, or from $16.87 to $17.29 per hour;

Two-thirds of all award-only workers who are reliant on the minimum wage are employed in four key industries: Retail trade, in Accommodation and food services, in Health care and social assistance and in Administrative and support services;

57.5% of workers reliant on a minimum wage are women; 

18.8% of the workforce (1.86 million Australians) is paid the national minimum wage or an award minimum wage.

May 7, 2015


Minimum wage earners shut out of housing market

Years of moderate increases to the minimum wage mean low incomes earners are all but shut out of the housing market.

The ACTU lodged a submission to the FWC on March 27 calling for a wage increase for Australia’s lowest paid including cleaners, retail and hospitality staff, child care workers, farm labourers, and some factory workers.

The annual income of a full-time minimum wage worker is $33 418 while the average price of a dwelling in the capital cities is $677 550. This means paying 80 per cent of the mortgage on an average-priced house would take up a staggering 81 per cent of a minimum wage worker’s gross income.

However, a minimum wage worker could only borrow around $150 000 according to the Commonwealth Bank which is a quarter of the average dwelling price.

Over the past ten years the Australian housing market had ballooned, with average house prices increasing by 67.5 per cent between 2004 and 2014 but minimum wages only rose by 37.1 – or 4.8 per cent in inflation-adjusted terms.

Buying a house and escaping the rental trap is the biggest affordability dilemma for most workers but for minimum wage earners it’s a pipedream.

Key facts:

  • 1.86 million Australians (18.8% of the workforce) are paid the national minimum wage or an award minimum wage
  • The ACTU is seeking a $27 per week increase to the minimum wage from $640.90 per week to $667.90 (from $16.87 to $17.58 per hour)
  • The $27 per week increase also applies to award minimum wages up to the C10 tradesperson rate and a 3.6% increase for award rates above the C10 rate (these are classifications for workers on award minimum wages)
  • The Abbott Government’s decision to delay the 0.5 super increase until 2021 means a 20-year-old minimum wage worker will be $18,401 worse off in retirement

March 27, 2015


Unions to push for superannuation increase for minimum wage workers

The ACTU will ask the Fair Work Commission to increase compulsory superannuation contributions for workers on award minimum wages to compensate them for the cut to their retirement savings because of the Abbott Government’s decision to freeze superannuation increases.

The ACTU will make the claim as part of its submission to increase the minimum wage.
Compulsory super was due to increase from 9.5 per cent to 10 per cent on July 1 this year under the Superannuation Guarantee.

The Abbott Government’s decision to freeze the 0.5 per cent increase means 1.86 million Australians on minimum wages will have their retirement savings cut. 

A full-time worker on the national minimum wage will be $3.20 per week, or $167.09 per year, worse off as a result.

For a 20-year-old minimum wage worker, the Abbott Government’s decision to not pass on the 0.5 per cent increase in compulsory super until 2021 means they will be $18,401 worse off in retirement.

The ACTU will seek to compensate workers for this loss by claiming an extra 0.5 per cent to the minimum super contribution in awards in addition to an increase in minimum wages.

The ACTU will lodge its submission with the Fair Work Commission on Friday 27 March.

Australian Unions also call on Treasurer Joe Hockey to lodge a submission asking the Fair Work Commission to back the ACTU’s claim to ensure Australia’s lowest paid workers are not disadvantaged by his decision to freeze compulsory super increases.

Key facts:
•    The current national minimum wage is $640.90 per week
•    1.86 million Australians are paid the national minimum wage or an award minimum wage
•    On average, workers reliant on a minimum wage are 35.7 years old
•    57.5% of workers reliant on a minimum wage are women

Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver:

“Unions calls on Joe Hockey to back the ACTU’s claim to increase the minimum wage and compulsory super to ensure Australia’s lowest paid workers are not worse off.

 “Maintaining a fair minimum wage is essential if Australia is to avoid creating an underclass of working poor.

“The annual minimum wage case is the only opportunity for 1.86 million of Australia’s lowest paid workers to receive a pay rise.

“Research shows boosting the minimum wage is good for workers and does not have a negative impact on employment.”

February 26, 2015


Gender pay gap hits new high while Abbott Government waters down workplace gender reporting

Gender pay gap

New ABS figures showing the gender pay gap has blown out to 18.8 per cent comes one day after the Abbott Government released watered down rules for workplace reporting on gender equity.

The blow out in average weekly earnings for full time workers means Australian men now earn $298.10 more than Australian women each week.ACTU President Ged Kearney said the government’s failure to act is deeply disappointing.

“If the Coalition Government is serious about addressing gender inequality and the record high 18.8 per cent gender pay gap it needs to strengthen workplace gender equality reporting.

“The government has delayed its decision about what details businesses will be required to report for women in non-management roles, which represents the majority of women in the workforce.

“Without meaningful data employers cannot identify where gender pay gaps exist and take action to address discrimination and barriers many women face.

“The Workplace Gender Equality Agency needs to be strengthened – not watered down.”

Ms Kearney said the government can no longer pay lip service to increasing women’s participation in the workforce and tackling inequality.

“The time for talk is over – Australian working women need action.

“If the Coalition government is serious about increasing women’s participation in the workforce and tackling gender inequality then there are a number of measures it can take.”

Australian unions call on the government to:

Expand the existing paid parental leave scheme to 26 weeks (at the minimum wage) and include superannuation
Increase childcare funding

Target funding to ensure social, community and care workers, who are mostly women, receive decent wages and conditions

Revoke the Fair Work Amendment Bill’s proposal to allow employers to ask parents with caring responsibilities to trade off wages and conditions in return for family friendly hours

Boost rather than water down the Workplace Gender Equality reporting legislation

September 10, 2014


Unions to claw back super increases for workers

Unions will push workplace claims to claw back the superannuation increases Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer traded away leaving huge holes in the retirement savings of millions of Australians.
“Australian workers cannot afford any delay in increasing the superannuation guarantee from 9% to 12% so we’ll fight to lock these increases in at the workplace level now,” ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said.
“More than 4 million Australian workers are covered by enterprise bargaining agreements and unions will be fighting to get clauses into all new agreements that will see workers get the increases to their superannuation that they were counting on.
“We’ll also be seeking commitments from employers whose workers have already entered into enterprise agreements in good faith by taking into account the super guarantee increase when negotiating the wage package.

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July 31, 2014


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From 1 July, the national minimum wage has increased by 3% to $16.87 an hour and other wages also rose. But do you know if you are being paid correctly and receiving the right entitlements from your work? Take this handy self-diagnosis and check the health of your pay, rights and entitlements at work. Go to checkyourpay.com.au

June 30, 2014


Keep Super Fair

Keep Super Fair
The retirement savings of millions of low paid Australians are under threat from Tony Abbott’s harsh cuts. Each year the Government pays a small amount into the superannuation accounts of low paid workers earning less than $37,000 pa. It is called the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) and while the Abbott government plans to keep tax breaks for high income earners they are going to cut the LISC for low income earners.

We can stop Tony Abbott’s raid on the retirement savings but we have to start now and we have to make some noise.

The new Senate will decide the future of the LISC after July. We need to let the key decision makers in the Senate, like Clive Palmer, that Australians support fairness in super.

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March 3, 2014


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