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Lowest paid to get a helping hand

Friday, 4th June, 2010

*Tiani Honson, who is planning a wedding and paying off a house, said the rise in the minimum pay rate would help out. *Tiani Honson, who is planning a wedding and paying off a house, said the rise in the minimum pay rate would help out.

The city’s lowest paid workers will receive a boost in their pay packets from the beginning of next month.
Fair Work Australia announced yesterday that workers on the minimum wage, including those in the childcare, hospitality
and retail sectors, would receive a $26 per week increase.
The change will move the $544 minimum wage to $570 per week effective from July 1.
Tiani Honson, a sales assistant at Sampsons, said the rise was welcome and would put a little extra in her pocket.
“Great. It’ll be good. I can buy more shoes,” the 21-year-old said.
Ms Honson said she had a number of big financial commitments that the extra money would help pay for.
“I’m planning my wedding and any extra will help,” she said.
“I’m also paying off my own home and it will help with the repayments.”
She said any extra money was good, especially with prices of so many things going up.
“Food, electricity, I own a car, petrol, tyres - the
lot.”

More than 1.4 million Australians are on the minimum wage.
Business Broken Hill said that while they could not say how many workers the pay rise would effect it would apply to most of the city’s businesses.
Unions had been pushing for $27 per week increase while employer groups wanted any wage increase limited to $12.50.
Low-paid workers last received a pay rise in 2008.

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