Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    WA Govt supports increase in State Wage Case

    15/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • Submission recommends CPI-based increase for WA workers

    The State Government’s submission to the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission’s State Wage Case has recommended the State minimum wage be increased in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).


    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said the Government recognised the importance of ensuring the incomes of workers who were dependent on minimum wages or award rates kept pace with the cost of living.


    “It’s also important in the current economic conditions that we support the viability and competitiveness of our small businesses,” Mr O’Brien said.


    “An inflation-based adjustment represents a balanced and sustainable outcome for employers and maintains the standard of living of workers in this State.”


    A copy of the WA Government’s submission will soon be available on the Department of Commerce’s Labour Relations website: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/LabourRelations 


          Fact File

    • In 2011 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission granted a $19.90 per week increase to the State minimum and award pay rates
    • This resulted in the current minimum wage of $607.10 per week, or $15.98 per hour

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