Minimum wage

Feminised industries need systemic change and targeted pay rises

Date Published: 02/05/2024
Category: Minimum wage

This year union members are calling for workers in key low-paid feminised industries to receive an interim pay rise of 9%.

Union members are calling for a 5% increase to the minimum wage

Date Published: 28/03/2024
Category: Minimum wage

This week, union members announced that we are calling for a 5% increase to help with the cost-of-living and make sure we’re getting our share of the profits we create.

Here’s how your wages could be going up

Date Published: 22/03/2024
Category: Minimum wage

A new report by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work confirms that increasing the minimum wage is the right thing to do in this cost-of-living crisis, and there is no risk of an increase triggering inflation.

Are you one of the workers who has just landed a pay rise? Here’s how to check

Date Published: 12/10/2022
Category: Minimum wage

Do you work on a plane? Or in a café? Or conduct tours? If you work one of these jobs or one of the many others in aviation, hospitality, travel and tourism, you should have received a few extra dollars in your most recent pay slip.   As of 1 October, workers in these industries have…

Big business running same tired scare campaign when it comes to paying increases to workers

Date Published: 05/07/2022
Category: Minimum wage

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate the 5.2% wage increase minimum wage workers will see appear on their pay slips in a matter of days. But it seems big business and conservative politicians aren’t too keen to give workers their fair share.

Minimum wage increase well within the means of Australian businesses

Date Published: 22/06/2022
Category: Minimum wage

“If you said workers should continue to have real wage cuts and pay for an inflation rate they didn’t cause, I think that’s morally bankrupt,” said Sally McManus.

Union win: 5.2% increase to the minimum wage

Date Published: 15/06/2022
Category: Minimum wage

Today, the Fair Work Commission has announced a 5.2 per cent increase the minimum wage from 1 July. This increase equates to an extra $40 per week in the pocket of a full-time worker on the minimum wage. For workers who are reliant on award wages, the increase will be 4.6 per cent or $40 per week, whichever…

Minimum wage workers share stories of “grotesque” hours and low paid work to support a 5.5% wage increase

Date Published: 18/05/2022
Category: Minimum wage

Minimum wage workers have shared stories what it’s really like to live on low paid work, while Morrison dismissed their frontline jobs as a “stepping stone”.

Minimum wage workers need a pay increase but Morrison would rather see real wages go backwards

Date Published: 09/05/2022
Category: Minimum wage

What does it take to make sure we don’t have to worry about being able to pay the bill at the supermarket or the petrol station? The simple answer: higher wages including an increased minimum wage.

Housing affordability even further out of reach for workers

Date Published: 03/05/2022
Category: Minimum wage

The RBA’s increase to the cash rate by 0.25 per cent to 35 basis points has spelled out bad news to workers already battling Morrison’s cost of living crisis.

Ready to support a 5.5% wage increase but not sure how? Here’s five things you can say

Date Published: 09/04/2022
Category: Minimum wage

We have been hearing a lot of old disproven excuses from big business and media commentators about why the minimum wage shouldn’t be increased. Here are five things you can say to set the conversation back on track.

Morrison puts big business buddies before struggling workers

Date Published: 06/04/2022
Category: Minimum wage

Instead of supporting a real wage increase, Morrison and his big business buddies have refused to engage with the needs of struggling workers.

What is a living wage? Here’s what you need to know

Date Published: 01/04/2022
Category: Minimum wage

Sticking to the minimum wage on its own simply isn’t enough to keep us out of poverty.

Why it’s time for a 5% increase to the minimum wage  

Date Published: 31/03/2022
Category: Minimum wage

Australia’s living standards and wages need to stop going backwards. Wage increases need to more than cover the rising cost of living – we need a genuine living wage.

The ultimate guide to getting paid what you’re owed

Date Published: 28/02/2022
Category: Minimum wage

The best way to avoid having your wages stolen in the first place is to be a union member.

Unions win pay rise for over 2 million workers

Date Published: 30/06/2021
Category: Minimum wage

Over two million workers are set to get a 2.5% pay rise after a hard-fought campaign by Australian unions.

Why #BoycottHarveyNorman is trending and how you can get behind it

Date Published: 01/06/2021
Category: Minimum wage

Union led protests demanding a pay rise for working Australians have sparked a wave of online support to #BoycottHarveyNorman

Report finds pay rise for one in four workers critical to economic recovery

Date Published: 26/05/2021
Category: Minimum wage

A new report released by independent think tank Per Capita shows an increase to the minimum wage is critical to Australia’s economic recovery

“I live week to week”, what a minimum wage increase means for workers

Date Published: 24/05/2021
Category: Economic recovery Minimum wage

If we want our economy to recover, working people need a pay rise – three workers share what a minimum wage increase would mean to them.

What can be done about low wages? The answer is simple.

Date Published: 19/05/2021
Category: Minimum wage

A minimum wage increase will improve the lives of millions of Australians, but employer groups are trying to block it. What can be done?

Who’s trying to stop you getting a pay rise?

Date Published: 30/04/2021
Category: Minimum wage

We’ve rounded up the last five years of Annual Wage Review submissions to see who is trying to stop you from getting a pay rise

Making the case for a living wage

Date Published: 09/04/2021
Category: Analysis Minimum wage Working life

A real, meaningful increase to the minimum wage is not only the right thing to do, but makes plenty of sense, writes Chloe Ward.

Christmas sparkle on a small spend

Date Published: 27/11/2020
Category: Minimum wage

The festive season brings fun, joy and celebration. And we could all do with plenty of that in 2020! Christmas can also mean splashing the cash – although this year could be different. Research by industry super fund-owned ME Bank shows 77% of Australians are taking a more cautious approach to spending during the pandemic.

Member Benefits Update July 2020

Date Published: 01/07/2020
Category: Member Benefits Minimum wage

Happy July, dear readers, and welcome to this month’s edition of your Member Benefits Update.

The minimum wage will increase 2020

Date Published: 21/06/2020
Category: Analysis Minimum wage

Each year, Australian Unions works to increase the minimum wage for all workers.

The minimum wage should be a living wage

Date Published: 11/07/2018
Category: Minimum wage Workers rights

Australia’s a great place to live with a high standard of living, and we want to keep it that way. A cornerstone of our way of life is a decent wage – not just a minimum wage but a living wage. A decent wage that includes penalty rates, overtime allowances and paid leave. A national…