March 18, 2024

Nasima, a casual worker from WA says:

the impact of low wages on me and my family has been profound and challenging. As a single parent working in the childcare industry for over 15 years, my pay rate of only 26-28 dollars per hour is simply not enough to make ends meet. This situation has forced me to leave my full-time position and rely on casual work, which often does not provide enough shifts to cover our expenses.

The struggle to pay the mortgage and my son’s fees while barely affording food has been incredibly stressful. We have had to make significant sacrifices, such as cutting back on any form of entertainment or outings as a family. This has led to a feeling of living hand-to-mouth, constantly worrying about financial stability and the future.

The pressure of trying to make ends meet with such low wages has taken a toll on my mental well-being. There is a constant sense of exhaustion and anxiety, exacerbated by the lack of support from employers who seem indifferent to our financial struggles.

A $50 per week increase in Award wages would make a significant difference in my life and the lives of many others facing similar challenges due to low wages. This increase would provide some relief from the constant financial strain and help cover essential expenses more comfortably.