HBF: ACTU media release - There’s never been a better time for a big pay rise

Thursday, 15 March 2018

As you know we are currently negotiating a new Enterprise Agreement for HBF employees. You would also be aware that the pay increase being offered by HBF is 1.25% for 1 year, 1.5% for year 2 and 1.5% for year 3.

We know members are saying “Is this good enough?”

This week, Sally McManus ACTU Secretary shared a media release titled There’s never been a better time for a big pay rise.

Read Sally’s message below to workers around the country and then compare it to the HBF offer to you.

“Is this good enough”?

If you want to make a difference, if you want a better outcome, then you need to have your work mates join you in the push for a better deal.

Please share this email and ask them to join you in the campaign.  They can do this by joining the union at www.fsunion.org.au/Join-the-FSU

If you have any questions or feedback please contact me via wa@fsunion.org.au

In unity,

Tuesday 13 March 2018

There’s never been a better time for a big pay rise

As working people struggle through a period of low wages growth the ACTU has put an argument forward for a substantial pay increase of $50 per week for people on the minimum wage.

It’s part of a long-term strategy to restore a living wage, with the peak body for working people wanting to bring the minimum wage up to 60 percent of the median wage.

A $50 per week raise would represent a 7.2 percent increase to the pay of Australians earning minimum wage, putting someone who works full-time on $744.90 a week.

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus will address a rally of people who work for the minimum wage in the cleaning industry shortly before making the submission to the Fair Work Commission in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Directly and through awards, the Fair Work Commission’s decision will affect around 2.3 million working people nationwide.

Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:

“With record low wages growth holding us back, penalty rate cuts kicking in and bills and rent rising faster than ever there has never been a better time for a big pay rise for Australians.”

“People should not work full-time and struggle to pay for the basics of life. We need to restore a living wage.

“Low wages growth is pushing our economy off course. It’s not just working people saying that – the Reserve Bank and Treasurer Scott Morrison agree.

“Our wages aren’t keeping up with key living costs like power and housing in a lot of areas, and it’s hurting working families.

“We need a substantial pay rise to lift up working people who are struggling.

“This will help put us on the path to a living wage where the minimum is 60 percent of the median wage in the long term.”

Authorised By: Dianne Marshall, Local Executive Secretary WA


Authorised by Julia Angrisano, National Secretary