Closing the gap between N.Z. and Oz

UNIONS will seek a pay rise of $27 a week for the nation’s low-paid workers.

ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence said the minimum wage claim included a ?catch up? component following the pay freeze imposed on 1.4 million low-paid employees last year,

Mr Lawrence said workers had been disproportionately asked to bear the burden of an economic crisis they did not cause,

?The bankers and traders may have got all the media coverage,? he said. ?They may have had to wait longer for their bonuses and their holiday houses. But the real sacrifices, as always, were made by everyday people. And in true Australian fashion, it’s time to repay the favour.

?Businesses now owe it to their workers, to ensure they share in the benefit of recovery.?

Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra, he said the freeze amounted to a pay cut of $10 to $25 a week for low-paid workers by the end of last year.

It sound all fire and brimstone typical from the Unions, but consider this statement and compare with Labour Party and Union claims here.

So just to clarify, Australia missed the global recession, have solid growth outlooks and unemployment falling and the unions are only asking for a 67c increase in the minimum wage

Here, with unemployment growing and negligible growth outlooks, Labour are demanding wanted a $2.50 minimum wage increase over two years.
The catching of Australia might like to trying matching the unions in Australia if we want to catch them. Then again in Australia the the secretary of the ACTU isn’t also the President of Labor.