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Political parties yet to back ACTU’s plan to raise wages

The ACTU’s six-point plan to raise wages and give more power to unions is yet to be backed by any political party.

Union secretary Sally McManus (above) told Neil Mitchell the wages “blueprint” would require law changes and that ­enterprise bargaining had failed to deliver for workers in recent years.

“We’ve had 20 years of just having one option for working people and that’s enterprise based bargaining,” Ms McManus said.

“We think it’s fundamentally unfair that you reduce bargaining just to enterprises where the pay is really being set by the funding bodies and you’d be much better off to say we want a minimum rate of pay for workers no matter where they work.”

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The ACTU also wants to see the full-time minimum wage raised to be more than $40,000.

No political party has committed to the proposed changes.

Neil said he didn’t think the plan would be approved, certainly not all six of the ACTU’s points.

“The Conservatives aren’t going to like parts of it and I wouldn’t trust Labor with it either,” he said.

“I don’t think you’re going to get it.”

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