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Australian businesses call for cut to minimum wage

Australians on the minimum wage hoping for a boost to their wages this year may be sorely disappointed if certain employer lobby groups get their way.

The National Retail Association and the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia took the controversial step on Tuesday of calling on the Fair Work Commission to keep the minimum wage flat at $18.29.

That may not sound surprising, given both groups represent two industries – retail and hospitality – that often pay no more than minimum wage.

But it puts them at odds with the wider business community. Most business groups acknowledge that minimum wages need to rise in order to keep up with inflation – currently 1.9 per cent.

If inflation goes up by 1.9 per cent a year, but the minimum wage stays the same, then those on the minimum wage take a de facto pay cut.

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