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“Out of touch with reality”: Minimum wage increase splits industry

The Fair Work Commission’s decision on Wednesday to increase the minimum wage has been met with a mix of celebration and frustration within the retail industry. Workers are set to see some pressure taken off of their own finances and put back onto businesses, with a 5.2 per cent increase to the minimum wage coming into effect on July 1.  And, though hospitality and tourism will not need to pass on the increased pay rate until October, unlike prior years, the retail industry will not benef