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Minimum wage increase

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Sharon Bird MP

Federal Member for Cunningham

N e w s R e l e a s e

Minimum wage increase

I welcome the decision of Fair Work Australia (FWA) today to increase the minimum wage to $569.90 per week.

This is a good outcome for low-paid workers and their families across Australia and in the Illawarra region.

The decision by FWA today endorses the submission of the Commonwealth Government that low-paid workers deserved a considered rise in wages.

The FWA decision to increase the minimum wage to $569.90 per week will complement the personal income-tax cuts delivered by the Commonwealth Government since it was elected in 2007.

The increase in the minimum wage will help small businesses because low-paid workers spend a significant proportion of their income.

The new minimum wage will be effective from 1 July 2010.

3 June 2010