Minimum wage rise of $19.40 a week as of 1 July 2011May 25, 2011
The Minister for Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed today's decision by Fair Work Australia to assist the lowest paid in our community by raising minimum wages by $19.40 a week.
The decision will benefit more than 1.36 million Australians who rely on awards to set their pay and will ensure they get a fairer share of the benefits of Australia's economic strength.
"This decision will be welcomed by those workers on low incomes who are doing it tough," Senator Evans said.
"When you are juggling mortgage or rental payments, bills and family groceries, an increase of $19.40 per week can make a real difference."
"Today's decision also highlights the continued strength of the Australian economy, translating this into real gains for those who need it most."
The decision by Fair Work Australia lifts the National Minimum Wage to $589.30 per week, an increase of 3.4 per cent.
Senator Evans said the independent umpire had acknowledged the impact natural disasters had on many businesses, particularly small business. This was balanced against the fact that the Australian economy continues to perform well.
Fair Work Australia noted;
"Labour productivity is growing, the profit share remains at historically high levels and underlying inflation is well within the RBA's medium-term target band. Employment is growing, unemployment is reducing and labour force participation remains high.
"In the circumstances a significant increase is appropriate which will improve the real value of award wages and assist the living standards of the low paid."
This is the second decision of the independent umpire since the Fair Work system commenced, delivering an 8.4 per cent increase to minimum wages over the last two years.
Workers will see the additional pay in the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2011.
"The Government will continue its focus on the strong economic management that has seen Australia fight of the global recession, create 700,000 jobs since coming to office, with the Budget forecasting another 500,000 jobs over the next two years," Senator Evans said.
More information about the new pay rates for each modern award will be available shortly at www.fairwork.gov.au or by calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
Safety Improvements continue at ChallengeMay 25, 2011
We are delighted to advise that Challenge's AS 4801 (OH&S) safety standards were audited and re-certified in May 2011 by SAI International. It's particularly noteworthy that as of this writing, Challenge has reduced the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) significantly compared with the same period one year earlier. We value our employees, and it's particularly rewarding that many of our clients attribute wider improvements in their on-site safety culture to the people from our team.