Union takes youth pay campaign to Canberra

Currently many employees on minimum wages will only receive full pay when they turn 21, something that unions say is unfair.

A young person can start in retail at say 15 years of age. They’re on 45 per cent of the adult rate. Then when they’re 16 they go to 50 per cent and thereafter they go to 60 per cent, 70 per cent, 80 per cent and so on, and at 21 they finally get to the adult rate.

Russell Zimmerman is the executive director at the Australian Retailers Association. He says industry is preparing to lodge its application arguing against pay increases for younger people in the next few weeks.

The claims also comes as the union movement is pushing for $30 a week rises in the minimum wage.

With a federal election in September and the Government doing badly in the polls, Russell Zimmerman says the union is trying to get as many claims through as it can.

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Report finds some McDonald’s workers better off than electrical apprentices

A new report has found that electrical apprentices are getting older and poorer as award wages for some first and second year apprentices effectively require them to live below the poverty line. Fair Work Australia will begin the hearings for its Modern Award Review next week.

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ABC AM 28/2/13

Employers push to cut pay, hours

EMPLOYERS have expanded their push to cut minimum working hours – in one case to as little as 90 minutes a day for school students – and to slash weekend pay for casuals.

They are also moving to abolish evening penalty rates and to narrow the definition of ”shift work”, according to submissions to a major review of the awards system being conducted by Fair Work Australia.

Union counters claims by failed car parts maker

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says claims it sabotaged the restructure of a Melbourne car parts maker are wrong. The former management of the company APV Components claims union organisers refused to negotiate on redundancy entitlements, leading to the company calling in the receivers yesterday. More