The Fair Work Commission has announced an increase to minimum pay rates from July 2014. Minimum pay will be increased by 3% which equals an extra $18.70 per week.
According to the ABC, Employers and the ACT Chamber of Commerce have been quick to attack the increase as crippling to business, destroying many potential job opportunities.
As the Unions were pressing for a $27 per week increase and businesses had claimed they couldn’t afford more than $8.50, the decision landed somewhere near the middle.
Given the additional pressure placed on low income earners in the recent budget, this must be seen as a good move for employees. But, if it is potentially taking jobs away and leaving people unemployed does that really lead to benefit?
In any case, this will surely fuel the fires of penalty rates, given there has been a push to abolish them now that we are a more 24/7 society with less focus on a standard Monday-Friday 9-5 working week.