WA workers on minimum wage to get 5.2 percent wage increase to help with cost of living

Written by Javed Iqbal

Western Australia’s minimum wage will rise by 5.25 per cent, giving the state’s lowest paid workers an extra $ 40.90 a week, following a decision by the WA Industrial Relations Commission.

The increase is lower than the unions WA and WA Council of Social Services [WACOSS] had applied and is below Perth’s inflation of 7.6 per cent.

However, it is a little ahead of last week’s federal Fair Work Commission decision to raise the national minimum wage by 5.2 per cent.

Chief Commissioner Stephen Kenner said that although the state’s economy was strong, some low-income households had difficulty coping due to the inflation rate.

“This has had a significant impact on the cost of living for the low paid,” he said.

“A significant amount of data was before the commission in relation to low-income households and the difficulties they have in meeting rising cost of living in the form of rents, food and energy costs and rising fuel prices.”

Employers face greater costs

Commissioner Kenner noted that since last year’s decision, health and border restrictions in WA had been eased and there was record low unemployment.

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