Extract from an article by Anna Patty
The peak national union body will push for the minimum wage to be dismantled and framed around a new living wage to help workers avoid poverty and keep up with rising gas, electricity, health and housing costs.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions will launch a campaign on Thursday with a goal to introduce a living wage set at 60 per cent of median wages, in line with UK minimum wage targets, to help families keep up with the cost of living.
If successful that would see the lowest paid workers receive $738 a week based on the most recent data, which shows the median wage was $1230. That equation would have produced an $80 a week increase over the minimum wage.
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