Annual Wage Review 2015 -2016: ACCER Submission in Reply
15 April 2016
This submission by Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER) is made by way of reply to two of the initial submissions lodged with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) in the Annual Wage Review 2015-16 - United Voice and the Australian Government.
Read the complete submission: ACCER AWR Submission in Reply April 2016
Working Australia, 2016: wages, families and poverty, April 2016
This book is the product of a number of submissions made to national minimum wage reviews over the past decade or so by the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER). Minimum wage setting is one of the most important areas of Australian public policy. Decisions made in the annual reviews have an immediate impact on the lives of the lowest paid workers and their families and a wider impact on Australian society. Despite this, the issues and evidence considered in wage reviews are little-known in the broader community. To help promote wider knowledge of these matters ACCER decided to change the format and presentation of its 2014 submission and to publish a free of charge ebook incorporating the submission.
This is the third ebook in a series which is intended to keep readers familiar with the continuing and emerging issues in wage setting. The book has nine chapters and appendices. Chapter 9 is ACCER's March 2016 submission to the Annual Wage Review 2015-16. The book has been written in a way that requires no special familiarity with wage setting, with the chapters being designed to build on each other. We suggest you read chapter 9 first.
Annual Wage Review 2015 -2016: ACCER Submission
30 March 2016
In its submission to the Annual Wage Review 2015-2016, the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER) is seeking the following orders by the Fair Work Commission (FWC):
- The National Minimum Wage (NMW) be set at $682.00 per week and $17.95 per hour.
- Award wage rates be increased by $19.00 per week.
The claim in respect of the NMW is for an increase of $25.10 per week.
These claims are made in an annual wage review which requires the FWC to set a "safety net of fair minimum wages" by taking into account, among others, "relative living standards and the needs of the low paid"; Fair Work Act 2009, section 284(1). This obligation applies to the setting of the NMW and award wage rates. Because the subsection also requires the FWC to take into account "the performance and competitiveness of the national economy, including productivity, business competitiveness and viability, inflation and employment growth" when setting safety net wages, the setting of fair minimum wages requires the weighting and balancing of economic and social considerations. Social considerations are not uniform across the range of minimum wage rates. The term "safety net" is not defined, but it is a beneficial provision that is intended to protect workers, especially those who are low paid and who depend on the NMW and low-paid award rates.
Read the full submission: ACCER Submission to the Annual Wage Review 2015 2016