Qld and NSW at odds on minimum wage increase

IN A tale of conflicting political persuasions, Queensland and New South Wales are at odds over whether to increase the minimum wage.

The Fair Work Commission's annual wage review has so far drawn submissions from every state and territory except Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT.

Despite its unemployment rate being higher than NSW, Queensland's Labor Government called for "economically responsible" pay increases and protection of the low-paid.

"There is a continued disparity in the wage outcomes of minimum wage workers and those able to benefit from bargaining," it submitted.

"It is incumbent on FWC to set minimum wages that are fair in the context of living standards generally."

In its submission made on Wednesday, the Liberal NSW Government urged caution against wage increases.

It argued a base payrise would worsen its state's youth unemployment that rose from 11.9% to 12.6% over the year to February.

"This environment continues to highlight the crucial importance of further job creation, and suggests that now is not the time to diminish incentives for the employment of entry-level employees," it stated.

A final decision is expected in June. 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

MARCH 2015

South Australia - 6.7%

Queensland - 6.5%

Tasmania - 6.5%

NSW - 6.1%

Victoria - 6.1%

Western Australia - 5.7%

ACT - 4.4%

Northern Territory - 4.3%


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