Appeal for interim minimum wage increase rejected.


A combined effort by many of Australia’s prominent employment unions to establish an interim minimum wage increase has been rejected by the Fair Work Commission. The application, brought forward predominately by United Voice in conjunction with other workers’ unions, sought to establish a medium-term target for minimum wage increases, whereby the national minimum wage would sit at 60% of median earnings for the next four years. Currently the NMW is set at 44.8% of median earnings, with unions claiming this to be one of the key drivers behind “rising inequality in Australia”.

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