Inequality is growing, wages are flat lining and many full-time workers live in poverty. Having a job is no longer a guarantee of security. There’s a growing class of working poor and we’re starting to become a US-style society.
Working people need a living wage protected by law.
The Greens have committed to legislate an increase to the national minimum wage to at least 60% of the median wage.
We call on parliament to support the Greens push to enshrine a living wage in law.
Tying our minimum wage to 60% of the median wage will lead to a minimum weekly wage of $852.60 for Australia's lowest paid full time workers. It means over $150 more every week for minimum wage workers.
The national minimum wage needs to lift because:
- The national minimum wage has not kept pace with this relative poverty threshold for almost 20 years. The national minimum wage is currently only 55.1% of full-time median earnings, down from well over 60% before 1999.
- Almost 1 in 4 people in poverty are working full-time, meaning we have a growing class of working poor.
- One million people – over one-third of people living in poverty - are in households where wages are the main source of income.
- Since 2014, the government estimates that the number of adults on the minimum wage has increased by 25%, increasing the number of people in Australia who are living in, or close to, relative poverty.
- Wages growth is flat-lining.
 ABS 6333.0 - Characteristics of Employment; Living up to the promise of Harvester, ACTU, pg. 7
 Poverty in Australia 2016, ACOSS and Social Policy Research Centre, pp 25-26
 ACOSS Minimum Wage Submission 2018, p9
 Australian Government submission to the Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review 2015, chart 2.1; Australian Government submission to the Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review 2018, chart 2.1
 ABS Cat. no. 6401.0, ABS CAT. no. 6345.0; http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-16/wage-price-index-march-quarter-2018/9766438
Can you add your voice to our campaign to lift the minimum wage to a living wage?