FIRST Union says that a members’ bill lifting the minimum wage to $15 will prompt Parliament to debate the issue of poverty wages. David Clark’s bill lifting the minimum wage to $15 per hour was drawn from Parliament’s ballot this week.
“Workers on low wages continue to struggle to make ends meet, especially if one or both wage earners are on the minimum wage,” said FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.
“The government has inched up the minimum wage as slowly as it could. $13.50 may be the new minimum wage but it is not a decent wage.”