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Minimum Wage in Australia Increased to $18.93 An Hour!


World  (tags: minimum wage, Australia, increased wages )

Sheryl
- 78 days ago - theguardian.com
Way to go Australia!



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Sheryl G (360)
Friday June 1, 2018, 11:30 am
A heck of a lot better than Florida's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour and our multimillionaire Gov. thought that was being generous.
 

Judy C (90)
Friday June 1, 2018, 2:02 pm
Even though the increase is rather modest, as one would predict, businesses are whining about it. The new wage is not a living wage, but at least it's a step in the right direction. Thanks Sheryl
 

Animae C (506)
Friday June 1, 2018, 4:22 pm
$24.30 a week for about 2 million workers, the unions were asking for $50 more a week, it's certainly a lot better than nothing!

TY Sheryl
 

Colleen L (3)
Friday June 1, 2018, 8:04 pm
Great news. It's certainly is a whole lot better than our states throughout the U.S. Thanks Sheryl
 

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday June 2, 2018, 4:18 am
omg Animae, if the people were earning $18.93 here an hour they'd consider that a real blessing. Try living on $8.25 an hour. People are not living over here and why they are not tearing down the place is amazing to me except I think everyone is just plain worn out from working around the clock in order to pay for the basics.

It hasn't hurt that the propaganda from the Corporations has worked wonders. Telling the people that the Corporations are broke, can't afford more, be lucky you have a job, we'll ship it overseas if you protest, on and on. It's all worked. Before Occupy it was "shared sacrifice" only there was no sharing in any of it, the CEO's and Shareholders getting more and more and the hourly worker getting less and less.
 

Ben O (141)
Saturday June 2, 2018, 5:21 am
Better than nothing indeed, Florida's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour is a bloody joke!
 

Ben O (141)
Saturday June 2, 2018, 5:23 am
BTW; -I've been preaching $15 an hour for so long...that should now be $20 an hour...?
 

Evelyn B (61)
Sunday June 3, 2018, 10:57 am
NB - different dollars, & different cost of living.

18.93 AUD =14.3301 USD

Which might sound high compared to the US (Florida) ...
But I gather that the cost of living in Australia is much higher than in the US, & making comparisons just on figures doesn't mean much!

Wherever people live, minimum salaries should be sufficient to cover essential living costs without any worries - They shouldn't need to take 2 or 3 jobs in order to pay for a roof over their head, water, energy, sufficient healthy food on the table, education for children & access to basic health care (preventive & curative). The figure may vary greatly from place to place, but the principle shouldn't.

I don't know how far this $18.93 an hour goes in covering essential costs.
I believe that Australia has state health services provided? So the US hourly wage has to cover additional costs (and health care is expensive in the US, especially medicines, with prices hiked up far too high ...) It's points like that which make simplistic comparisons misleading, too ...
 

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday June 3, 2018, 5:51 pm
Well that is true Evelyn, costs do vary, however I pulled up a chart of comparisons and I think they are very close in most areas. Even given your equation of 18.93 AUD =14.3301 USD I'd still say that the Australians are doing a bit better. To THEIR credit. And you are correct, they have a state health service which is lacking here.

I'm sure this raise doesn't make the people of Australia feel rich, but at least allows them to squeeze by for the most part. Our homeless increase all the time, many of them not counted as they are moving in with a friend or family member. Not all are in the woods, under bridges, or on the sidewalks, but if it were not for the kindness of others they'd be without a roof over their head.

The Talking Heads on the news channels speak how well the economy is doing in the USA, it hasn't reached half the population that still live in poverty.
 

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday June 3, 2018, 6:02 pm
Yes you have Ben and I agree to the $20 now. Even where they have agreed to the $15 it doesn't happen until 7 years or more from now. So how is that helping anyone?
 
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