Wage decision discriminates against families: ACCER

The Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations has said the Industrial Relations Commission's decision on the Federal Minimum Wage discriminates against low paid workers with family responsibilities.

Brian Lawrence chairs the Catholic Commission, known as ACCER. He described the decision as a "blow for low paid workers with families".

The Industrial Relations Commission handed down the decision yesterday. It represented only a minor modification to the wage-setting decision of the Australian Fair Pay Commission.

The effect of the decision is that the Federal Minimum Wage is to be increased by $10.30 per week, resulting in a new minimum wage of $522.20 per week. ACCER had argued that the AIRC should go further and increase the Federal Minimum Wage by $27.00 per week, to a total of $539.20 per week.

ACCER's Brian Lawrence said: "This decision means that the lowest minimum wage available to families with a single income earner is manifestly inadequate to allow him or her to support a family, even when transfer payments are taken into account."

AIRC decision discriminates against low paid workers with families � Catholic employment relations body (ACBC Media Release, 16/8/07)

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Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations

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17 Aug 2007