WA workers on minimum wage to get 5.2 per cent pay rise to help with cost of living

The minimum wage in Western Australia will increase by 5.25 per cent, giving the state’s lowest paid workers an extra $40.90 per week, following a decision by the WA Industrial Relations Commission.

The increase is lower than what Unions WA and the WA Council of Social Services [WACOSS] had been seeking and is below Perth’s inflation rate of 7.6 per cent.

However, it is slightly ahead of last week’s federal Fair Work Commission decision to raise the national minimum wage by 5.2 per cent.

Chief commissioner Stephen Kenner said while the state’s economy was strong, some low income households were finding it difficult to make ends meet given the rate of inflation.

“This has had a significant impact on the cost of living for the low paid,” he said.

“A substantial body of data was before the commission in relation to low income households and the difficulties they have in meeting rising living costs in terms of rents, food and energy costs and rising fuel prices.”

Employers face steeper costs

Commissioner Kenner noted that since last year’s decision, health and border restrictions in WA had eased and there was record low unemployment.

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