|Issue No 105||03 August 2001|
Qld Wage Increases Welcomed
By Liz Phillips
The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission this week handed down its decision on the QCU State Wage Case application filed in May this year.
The matter was heard in July and at that hearing the application was opposed by the QCCI and other employer organisations.
The QCU application was to flow on the National Wage Case outcome to State Award workers. Depending on a worker's current rate of pay, the increases were for $13.00, $15.00 and $17.00 per week. The majority of employers argued that the increase should be only $10.00 per week for all workers.
The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has agreed to the QCU application which means that from 1 September this year, over 350,000 workers on Award base rates will get a pay increase the same as those on Federal Awards.
QCU General Secretary, Grace Grace welcomed the outcome.
"These increases will be welcomed by workers on Award rates of pay and we are glad that the operative date for the increases has been preserved by this decision."
"Workers who will receive this wage increase are on the lower end of the wage scale and who have been hardest hit with price increases related to the introduction of the GST and the 6% CPI figure which is a direct result of the introduction of the GST."
"The position adopted by the QCCI and other employers that would have denied these workers the same wage increases enjoyed by Federal Award workers is to be condemned. The employers have no idea how hard it is for Award workers to get by in the current economic climate."
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