Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Wage Decision Not Much Help: Worker

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Wage Decision Not Much Help: Worker

Article excerpt

FOR local Stockland cleaner Nathan Woods, the minimum wage increase will have next to no benefit to his circumstances.

The cleaning supervisor for Spotless, who has worked as a cleaner in Gladstone since 2003, said the minimum wage was still pretty bad, and he was forced to work two jobs, six days a week, to make ends meet.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs pretty tough when half your weekly wage is going on rent,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]$620 a week isnCOt much and the average rent around here is at least $300, so already weCOre over that housing stress limit (more than one third of weekly income spent on rent),C[yen] Mr Woods said.

C[pounds sterling]YouCOve still got to come up with phone bills, power bills, run a car; it doesnCOt leave much to feed yourself with.C[yen]

Mr Woods described the rise as a slap in the face, with about 40 cents per hour more not making much of a difference to him.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs not going to make any sort of major difference to me,C[yen] he said. …

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