The median wage for a fruit and veg market worker is $19.60 an hour, according to a new report by the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
The median wage is higher in WA, where the median is $20.10, and in Victoria, where it is $23.60.
The report, which also found the median wage in the Northern Territory is $21.40, comes after an independent review of the WA minimum wage last year found that WA’s minimum wage did not meet national benchmarks.
The independent review, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and conducted in conjunction with the Labor Government, said the minimum wage was too low and that WA was “underperforming internationally”.
It also said the WA government had not demonstrated a commitment to implementing the minimum wages recommended by the independent review.
The average wage for fruit and vegetable sellers in WA is $17.95 an hour.
The union said it would hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce details of the wages and benefits for the fruit and vegetables market workers.
It said the average wage was “too low” and the union would hold another press conference today to announce the wages for those workers.
The minimum wage for farmers and growers is $22.80 an hour with a $1,000 annual bonus.
The ABC has asked the Department of Employment, Skills and Training for comment.