National minimum wage lifted 2.4 per cent after Fair Work Commission ruling

Australia's lowest paid workers will receive a 2.4 per cent pay increase, following the annual minimum wage decision.

Key points:

Fair Work Commission lifts the minimum wage from $17.29 an hour to $17.70 an hour

ACTU had pushed for an increase to $18.07 an hour

More than 1.8m people will receive the increase from July 1

The Fair Work Commission has lifted the national minimum wage from $656.90 a week or $17.29 an hour, to $672.70 a week or $17.70 an hour.

It constitutes an increase of $15.80 per week.

More than 1.8 million people who are on the minimum wage will receive the increase from July 1.

The commission said a generally robust economic climate provided the opportunity for a modest increase to Australia's lowest paid workers.

It said labour market conditions had been stronger over the past year, while inflation and wages growth were at historic lows.

The commission noted the relative position of low paid workers had deteriorated over the past 10 years, and that some were living below the poverty line.

Last year, the commission lifted the minimum wage by 2.5 per cent.

As part of the annual wage review, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) had pushed for a national minimum wage lift to $686.90 a week, or $18.07 an hour.

Source: ABC News

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