It means around 2.2 million Australian workers will earn an extra $21.60 per week from July 1.
The decision will see the minimum wage rise to $740.80 a week or $19.49 an hour.
But it’s down from last year’s 3.5 per cent boost, due to current economic conditions.
But not everyone is impressed by the announcement.
Within moments of the decision being revealed, Aussies took to Twitter to complain that the payrise would not be enough to ease cost of living pressures for those doing it tough.
A 3.5 per cent wage increase is simply not enough. Yet again the Fair Work Commission has got this wrong.
— The AMWU (@theamwu) May 30, 2019
Fair Work Commission has announced their decision on minimum wage, roughly up 3% ($19.49 p.h) or about $21 per wk. Comes into effect 1 July 2019
I s’pose it’s better than nothing but it is nowhere near enough.
And, it ain’t gonna be much help to retail/consumer spending#auspol
— 💧Bee🐝 (@BelindaJones68) May 30, 2019
Australian unions had been pushing for a six per cent increase, which would have equated to an extra $43 per week rise, while business groups wanted a lower increase of up to 2 per cent.
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