This week's 50 cent increase to the minimum wage will do nothing to lift thousands of workers out of poverty, said FIRST Union National Secretary Robert Reid.
“Increasing inequality is starting to look like a government objective. The rich list are better off by 20% while the poorest pocket only 50 cents an hour,” said Reid.
“By increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the government could have made an immediate positive impact on workers and on their families. Instead, they are all but abandoning those in the lowest paid and most precarious jobs.”
“The government committee to investigate poverty is looking increasingly cynical when opportunities to meaningfully address poverty are wasted,” said Reid.
Robert Reid said low paid workers were feeling immense pressure to keep up with rising costs, and were faced with impossible daily decisions about how to feed, clothe and house themselves and their families.