CTU MEDIA RELEASE
03 November 2008
Wages rises needed in difficult times
Wage statistics out today show a modest rise, but the employment figures confirm that the number of jobs in the economy is shrinking, said Peter Conway, Council of Trade Unions Economist.
"As the economy slows it is always harder to get decent pay increases but it is important that we keep up the momentum to lift real wages. We still languish 27.6 percent behind Australian average wages despite the gap shrinking in recent years. And we need the minimum wage to keep rising also to protect the incomes of the lowest paid."
"The employment figures reflect a slowing economy with around 10,200 fewer jobs overall including significant drops in both manufacturing and transport employment."
"These figures confirm the need for a comprehensive stimulus package on infrastructure, skills, retraining, and assistance for affected workers," Peter Conway said.