“Living on the street” – workers share stories of wage stagnation and rising costs of living

Published: 09/03/2022
Category: Working life
Published: 09/03/2022
Category: Working life

How are you coping with the cost of living? 

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus posed this question on Twitter last week and met with some harrowing responses. 

You’d think in a developed country like Australia that being able to eat would be easy, but many workers are counting out the cents for groceries. 

And after two years of weak Morrison initiative of financial support during the pandemic, our savings are running dry.  

Skyrocketing petrol prices have also made essential commutes to work or school a costly action, particularly for those who rely on their car for work.  

Of course, these difficulties don’t just appear from thin air. Years and years of government economic mismanagement have stacked up.  

Insecure work, insufficient disability support, and stagnating wages have left workers with little hope of keeping up with daily prices.  

With inflation now outstripping pay rises, it’s no wonder so many workers are doing it tough. 

What this means is wages have gone downhill, and now we have even less purchasing power than before.  

The Morrison Government could have prevented these precarious situations.  

Instead, they have chosen to support their own political interests over workers and their loved ones. Every. Single. Time.  

But union members continue, as we always have, to drive change no matter the political forces we may face. 

We are made of almost 2 million workers coming together to get things done. We are always more powerful in numbers and that is why union members enjoy higher wages than non-members.  

Are you keen for real action too?

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“Living on the street” – workers share stories of wage stagnation and rising costs of living

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