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Greens welcome increase to Australia’s minimum wage

The Australian Greens have today welcomed Fair Work Australia’s decision to increase the nation’s minimum wage by $26 a week.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Employment and Workplace Relations spokesperson says the announcement represents a much needed increase in light of last year’s decision not to increase the figure.

“Raising the minimum wage is essential in easing the financial burden for over 1.5 million Australians and their families,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Greens sat down with the Rudd Government and helped successfully negotiate the passage of the Fair Work Bill through Parliament, ending Work Choices. It is good to see fairness returning to Australian workplaces,” Senator Siewert said.

“Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour shows that Fair Work Australia has listened to calls for our low paid workers to be supported as the cost of living in Australia continues to rise.

“Reducing the number of ‘working poor’ families across the country is essential for our future economic prosperity and for increasing the quality of lives of people nationwide.

“We hope to see this trend of appropriately increased wages continue in the pay equity case currently before FWA recognising the invaluable workers in our aged care sector and other community services,” concluded Senator Siewert.

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