Anna Patty - The SMH
One of Australia's largest employers is pushing for the national minimum wage to be increased by $28.70 a week – more than double the amount that major employer groups have argued for and slightly higher than unions have recommended.
The Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations has lodged a claim in the Fair Work Commission for the national minimum wage to be set at $669.60 a week, an increase of $28.70 above its current level.
Industry groups have argued for less than half that amount, saying a greater increase could lead to job losses.
The Australian Industry Group's submission to the Fair Work Commission's annual wage review recommends a 1.6 per cent increase, which would raise the national minimum wage, which is currently $640.90 a week, by $10.25. The proposed rise is below the rate of inflation, at 2.2 per cent.