Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    McGowan Government welcomes increase for low-paid workers in WA

    13/06/2018 5:40 PM
    • State minimum wage to increase from $708.90 to $726.90 a week from July 1, 2018
    • More than 100,000 low-paid Western Australian workers will benefit  

    The McGowan Labor Government has welcomed today's decision by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to increase the State minimum wage by $18 a week.


    The State minimum wage will increase to $726.90 a week from July 1, 2018.


    Award rates of pay will also increase by $18 per week.


    The increase will apply to many low-paid workers in the State industrial relations system.


    The new State minimum wage is still above the new national minimum wage, which is now $719.20 per week.


    About one-third of WA employees are covered by the State industrial relations system.


    The decision comes on the back of renewed confidence in the WA economy, with a number of key indicators showing significant improvement in the last 12 months, including a strong increase in job vacancies.


    A full copy of the decision can be found at http://www.wairc.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The Commission's decision to award a fair and meaningful wage increase will greatly assist low-paid workers, helping to improve their standards of living.


    "Employees are also consumers, so more money in the pockets of working Western Australians will benefit local businesses through increased demand for their goods and services.


    "I welcome today's increase, which rewards low-paid workers for their efforts and assists in combating stagnant wages growth in the broader economy.


    "Growing income inequality is not in the State's interest, and the increase granted by the Commission will help to ensure that minimum and award wage earners are not left behind."


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