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Australia lifts minimum wage 2.4%; unions say not enough
[SYDNEY] Australia's lowest paid workers will receive a 2.4 per cent pay rise following an increase in the minimum wage by the country's Fair Work Commission.
The commission said the minimum wage would rise to A$17.70 (S$17.70) an hour from A$17.29 previously, effective July 1.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions, representing 46 different unions, had pushed for an increase to US$18.07 an hour for the more than 1.8 million people paid the minimum wage.
It criticised the increase as insufficient to close the gap between average and minimum wages, which it said was "putting enormous pressure on our lowest paid."