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Award wages up

ALL WA award wages will rise between $13 and $17 from the beginning of the first pay period commencing on or after August 1.

Not all employees are entitled to the rise. Those on federal awards, federal certified agreements, WA enterprise bargaining agreements, workplace agreements or Australian workplace agreements only get the rise if their agreement says it applies.

Workers on awards of up to $490 per week will get a $13 pay rise. Those on $590 a week get a $15 a week rise and those earning more than $590 a week gain $17 a week more.

The State award minimum wage also rises to $413.40

However, there will be no change for those on the WA minimum wage of $400.40. The Minimum Conditions of Employment Act is under review and a decision on its future is likely to be made later this year.

The award rise is likely to provide a further setback for WA businesses already struggling through difficult times.

The WA Government also has moved to bring equality to public servant pay. In some cases public sector workers will receive a pay rise of nearly $3,500 a year.

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