Figures released this morning by the ABS shows that the record-breaking stretch of extreme low wage growth is continuing under the Morrison Government with the Wage Price Index remaining flat at 2.3per cent.
The Morrison Government has voted eight times to cut the take home pay of low-paid workers who had their penalty rates cut. They have refused to support efforts to increase the minimum wage to lift working people out of poverty.
Under the Morrison Government tens of thousands of full-time workers are homeless.
Australians have a choice between the two major parties on wages, with the ALP committed to reversing Morrison’s cuts to penalty rates and re-establishing the minimum wage as a living wage.
As noted by ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:
“Working people have suffered through the worst stretch of low wage growth since World War II under the Morrison Government. They can’t afford another three years.
“We welcome the ALP’s commitments to get wages moving.
“The only answer the Morrison Government has on low wage growth is tax handouts for the top end of town. This failed trickle-down nonsense does not work and has never worked. We have to change the rules.
“This is what the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government will be remembered for. People struggling to pay their bills and feed their families, while the Government tries to ram corporate tax cuts and attacks on unions through the parliament.”