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Wage increase frustrates industry bodies

Industry and employee groups alike threw their hands up in frustration last Friday when a narrow majority of Fair Work Commission (FWC) panel members put through a 1.75 per cent increase to the minimum wage. Starting June 1, businesses will be required to pay staff a minimum of $753.80 a week, or $19.84 an hour, although retail has been given permission to push back this increase to February 1, 2021. This is far below the 3 per cent increase pushed through in 2019, and the 3.5 per cent in 2018,