Hint of $3 to $3.10 minimum wage
1 June, 2019, 11:28 am
A CONSULTANT engaged by Government to determine a national minimum wage for unskilled and sectoral workers has hinted at a $3 or $3.10 an hour figure as a minimum wage for employees who do not possess any certified skill.
Dr Partha Gangopadhyay, an economics professor at the Western Sydney University, said employers had embraced his recommendation for a $3.10 per hour minimum wage for unskilled workers.
However, Dr Gangopadhyay expressed concern at the decision of trade unions not to engage in the consultation.
“As far as I understand, Government was supporting that, the unions said they don’t want $3, its $4 or not and they boycotted the process,” he said.
“They stopped communicating with me.
“I have been trying to communicate with them when I came here to show them what exactly is poverty because they have no idea.
“Come and share a lunch with a minimum wage household family and see how much they are suffering.
“And then let us possibly try to go to $3.10 an hour and go step by step to what they want.
“Now it seems they don’t want to be party to it and, as an outsider, I am very disappointed.
“I am still ready to speak to them at any time because 100,000 families are suffering and we need to act fast.”