Image: 'NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 15 2015: high school students, union activists & fast food workers marched in Manhattan's Upper West Side to demand a $15 per hour federal minimum wage' by A Katz on Shutterstock

The Fair Work Commission today has announced it will be raise the national minimum wage to $694.90 per week, which equates to an increase of 59 cents an hour.

Along with the increase, yesterday the independent umpire decided to phase-in a reduction in penalty rates over three to four years, rather than implement them immediately on July 1.

But will the increased minimum wages protect workers against the cuts in Sunday penalty rates over the next four years?

Evangeline Maguire and Myles Houlbrook-Walk investigate.

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