Discussions of a “living wage” have to include unemployed workers who are living in poverty on payments as low as $40 a day, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“It’s time that we recognised that unemployed workers are workers too.
“We need to change the law so that if you work full-time, you’re not in poverty and if you’re out of work you’re also not living in poverty.
“There is no fair-go when unemployed workers are living on payments as low as $40 a day.
“Unemployed workers have waited 25 years for an increase to Newstart.