After two years of workers bearing the brunt of this pandemic, you’d think our political leaders would have the decency to show some support for millions of Australians.
But the latest figures demonstrate no such consideration.
Leaked wage projections from the Federal Budget have shown us that the average Australian worker has gone backwards by another $600 the first half of this year alone.
Let’s remember that this is on top of an $800 pay cut in real terms last year for workers on the average wage of $68,000.
Not only has this Government overestimated wage growth for 52 out of 55 growth estimates, low wages are their intentional economic design.
We have had nine years of wage stagnation under successive Coalition Government, and we are already struggling to keep up with the cost of living.
So when ACTU Secretary Sally McManus posed this question on Twitter on Thursday, the responses were eye-opening.
Some people reported no pay rises at all.
I’m in retail, I’ve worked at the same place for 8 years, no pay rise in that time, we were supposed to get one last year but not seen anything yet— DeniseJames (@cloudsvapestore) March 24, 2022
While others reported pay rises that mean little when facing the astronomical rise of daily costs.
1% last year, 1% the year before.— stuart mceacharn 🏳️🌈🇺🇦 (@stuartmceacharn) March 24, 2022
And the increased casualisation and creation of precarious jobs under the Morrison Government has only seen more workers enter insecure work and lose sight of reliable wages.
I’ll tell you when the last time I had job security instead. 2002. Since then, contracts. Insecure ones. Second class citizen who is more qualified than the permanent employers I work for.— Al (@SillyPillyLaLa) March 24, 2022
But despite the Coalition Governments that have walked away from workers since 2013, union members have achieved wins in their workplaces.
Every year that I’ve been employed with union representation I have had a larger pay rise than 2.5%.— 💉👨💻💉💉 (@SamJanda) March 24, 2022
You do you, I spose.
I got one today thanks to the NTEU. $20 per week (PT)— Jenny (@jennycrosbie) March 24, 2022
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.