Last week’s update from the Treasurer means that wages are not expected to grow in real terms until the middle of 2024, meaning workers suffering during the cost-of-living crises will worsen. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) advises that if these predictions are true, then Australian workers will suffer one of the worst ever collapses in our living standards, as our real wages go backwards over four years.

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus has stated that business as usual won’t fix this crisis. Our bargaining system was once the driving force of wages, but it’s no longer delivering – the new Albanese Government and the Jobs Summit must change that.

“The update shows that workers are facing one of the worst collapses in their living standards that this country has seen. If real wages don’t grow until the middle of 2024, that’ll be four long and painful years of wages going backwards in real terms.

Business as usual won’t fix this crisis. Our bargaining system should be the driver of wage growth, but it isn’t anymore. With the new Albanese Government and the Jobs Summit, we have the opportunity to change that.

Inflation is not caused by wage growth, it is caused by global issues, floods and businesses putting up prices to increase their profit margins. The big risk to the economy is slowing consumer spending driven by wage stagnation.

The Treasurer also confirmed that wages are not contributing to inflation, and that low wage growth is starting to hurt the economy. Growth forecasts have been downgraded because the worsening cost of living crisis is starting to hurt consumer spending.

Many unions are concerned that we just can’t wait for any outcomes of the Jobs Summit and are gearing up to fight for wage justice as we confront the challenge of escalating cost of living.


Discussions on wage increases for firefighters in SA are ongoing with a report scheduled to be delivered to a meeting of UFU Shop Stewards and State Councillors on Wednesday, 3 August 2022 at 10:00 hours at the UFUSA office. Please ensure your workplace is represented at this important meeting by sending your RSVP to info@ufusa.com.au Emails are required as the physical office is closed today and tomorrow (1 and 2 August) for flooring repairs.

In solidarity,


Latest WordBack

Max Adlam


The electronic ballot to elect our State Councillors opened this morning and all UFUSA members should have received a message from CiVS, the company running the ballot, with the information necessary for you to lodge your vote. 

Read More »
United Fire Fighters Union Of South Australia - UFUSA

Install PWA

Install PWA on Iphone using Safari only. Tap on the "Share" icon, scroll up to see "Actions." If "Actions" is not displayed, scroll all the way up, and select "Edit Actions." Choose "Add to Home Screen," then Done.