They say you can’t please everyone.
Today’s decision by Fair Work Australia to increase the minimum wage by $17.10 a week from the beginning of the 2012-13 financial year was welcomed by the government but the unions and low-paid workers were completely underwhelmed.
From July 1st, the minimum wage go up from $589.30 a week ($30,643.60 a year) to $606.40 a week ($31,532.80 a year).
Julia Gillard feels it is an extension of some of the measures already put in place by the 2012-13 Budget:
ACTU secretary Dave Oliver thinks it could help contribute to a growth in the number of Australian “working poor”: