Australian Chamber's Call for 1.8% Increase to Minimum Wage Pragmatic and Sensible

Tuesday 14 May, 2019 | By: Dan Petrie and Thomas Birkbeck

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has endorsed the Australian Chamber’s call for 1.8% increase to the minimum wage noting that it strikes the right balance between the ability of small business to pay higher rates of pay and boosting the take-home salaries of workers.

The national minimum wage would rise from $719.20 to $732.15 per week noting the same percentage increase would also apply to the majority of minimum rates of pay in awards.   

CCIQ Head of Media and Industry, Dan Petrie said pragmatism and an appreciation for what businesses across the country can pay represents the sensible position on such matters.  

“It is important that despite some political posturing that the independence of Fair Work be respected and that its work balances the needs of businesses and workers alike.

“Make no mistake, small business owners care deeply about their workforce and ensuring that take-home pay is balanced with the ongoing viability of a business is obviously the key consideration here.” 

“The issue of bracket creep still remains an area of frustration for both business and workers alike,” Mr Petrie said.

Queensland’s is home to 450,000 businesses across the state employing more than two million workers.

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Dan Petrie
Media and Communications – Economy and Government
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
Ph No: 07 3192 0120 (Landline)
Dan Petrie -Mobile: 0408 919 767 
Email: dpetrie@cciq.com.au

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