Pay rises not as rosy as the PM says30 August 2005
The Prime Minister's much quoted figure of '14 per cent increase in real wages' since 1996 is deceptive, according to new research commissioned by Unions NSW.
The average increase for non-managerial adult income between 1998 and 2004 was just 3.6 per cent, according to an analysis of ABS data carried out by Sydney University academics.
The analysis drawing together published and unpublished ABS data found:
HSU national secretary Craig Thomson said the figures showed the reality behind the claims of Mr Howard of a 14 per cent increase in real wages.
"High-flyers are doing well but for too many working Australians the amount they are receiving are not high enough," he said.
"Now with families struggling to make ends meet is not the time to be cutting the employment rights of people in the workforce."
Health Services Union of Australia