Thursday, 13 April 2017
Fair Work Commission (FWC) website 10 April 2017:
Every year an Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission must review modern award minimum wages, and set a national minimum wage order for employees not covered by enterprise agreements or modern awards.
Each national minimum wage order made in an annual wage review comes into operation on 1 July in the next financial year, and continues in operation until the next national minimum wage order comes into operation.
The minimum wage hourly rate currently stands at $17.70 – and yes, we all probably know of an adult who is not even receiving this.
The FWC Annual Wage Review 2016-17 (C2017/l) is being conducted by:
JUSTICE ROSS, PRESIDENT
VICE PRESIDENT HATCHER
DEPUTY PRESIDENT ASBURY
MELBOURNE, 7 APRIL 2017
The 2017 final minimum wage decision will be handed down in sometime in June coming into effect on 1 July.
Here is the preliminary hearing dealing with transitional instruments and relevant to annual wage reviews and existing arrangements for employees with disability DECISION.
Shorter version of this decision is:
go away little low-skilled people and don’t expect a minimum wage rise larger than that which we gave you in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 - if you are lucky it will be somewhere between 41-50 cents an hour for an estimated 196,300 low-paid workers;
as for workers with a significant disability - too hard, we’ll pass the buck.
Of course if Justice Iain Ross, Adam Hatcher et al listen to the business sector this year then these 196,300 workers will only receive about a 20 cents an hour increase.
Tossing a silver coin in the air right now……….