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July 15, 2014 Corporate, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Unions will be reminding Australian workers this week to check they are not missing out on wage increases which should have started flowing automatically from the beginning of this month, start of the new financial year.

To help the process, unions have launched a new online tool at, designed to let employees conduct a self-diagnosis to ensure they are receiving what they are entitled to.

In the travel and tourism industries, hospitality and service workers are likely to be among those affected.

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) president Ged Kearney says workers should be seeing the increase in minimum award wages flow into their pay packets this week.

From 1 July 2014, about 1.5 million workers have been granted an extra 3% in their wages, following the annual wage review by Fair Work Australia. The increase aims to help employees and their families keep pace with the cost of living.

Workers on the minimum wage will receive an extra AUD 18.70 a week, taking their weekly wage to AUD 640.90 a week, or AUD 16.87 an hour.

Kearney said that for these workers, the Fair Work Australia Annual Wage Review is their only chance of a pay rise.

“Now that the minimum wage has gone up, all workplace agreements and contracts will need to be checked to make sure that the rates of pay stay above the legal minimum,” Kearney said.

“This means that some workers on workplace agreements or over-award contracts will be entitled to a pay rise, because the award rate is the absolute minimum an employer can pay a worker.

“By now, most employees should have received their first pay slip of the new financial year, and they should check their wages against the legal minimum rates to ensure they are not being underpaid.”

Many workers on union-negotiated collective agreements should also receive an annual pay rise from the start of the new financial year.

“Unions encourage all workers to check their pay because unfortunately we cannot rely on all employers to automatically adjust wages in line with the minimum wages increase,” Kearney said.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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