Superannuation and Financial Services Minister Jane Hume says the government will not make a recommendation on what the minimum wage should be after the union movement called for a five percent hike and others called for a freeze.
Speaking to Radio National earlier today, Senator Hume said the government would submit a proposal to the Fair Work Commission in its annual wage review on the national minimum wage, “but it is somehow not a recommendation”.
“We do not strongly recommend … what we are doing is ensuring that the Fair Work Commission has all the information available to the government about the macro and microeconomic conditions surrounding the decision,” Senator Hume said.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions is pushing for the national minimum wage to be raised by five percent, which would raise the minimum hourly rate to $21.35, up from $1.02.
That would also apply to the same percentage increase in wages of about 2 million workers at higher industry prices linked to the national minimum wage.
The Master Grocers Association, which represents brands like IGA, Foodworks and hardware retailer Miter 10, is warning against any increase in the minimum wage as the federal government pushes real wage growth in its budget.
Read more about the current wage debate here.