Check your pay slip, unions tell workers
More than two million workers are being urged to check their pay slips with an increase for employees on minimum award wages taking effect.
A three per cent wage increase applies to all employees on awards from July 1, with the Fair Work Commission's annual review taking the national minimum wage to $740.80 a week or $19.49 an hour.
Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus says people should check their pay slip to make sure they get the increase.
"Some employers make a mistake and don't realise and some employers rely on the fact their workers don't know," she said on Friday.
But she said workers in retail and hospitality would miss out on the full three per cent because Sunday penalty rate cuts came into place at the same time.
"Having those penalty rates being cut at a time of record low wage growth and the economy doing badly is a negative thing for everyone," Ms McManus said.
Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said all workers would be better off under the award increase, despite changes to penalty rates in some industries.
"ACTU claims that workers will suffer because of Sunday penalty rate adjustments do not stand the most cursory of scrutiny and will no doubt be called out once again as 'fanciful' in various independent fact checks," he said earlier in the week.
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