The Australian Council of Trade Unions on Thursday called for Australia to ditch its minimum wage and replace it with a living wage. ACTU secretary Sally McManus told Fairfax a living wage must be enough that all working people can afford their rent, a a healthy diet, quality education, energy costs, entertainment and a contingency for unexpected costs.
What's the difference between minimum and living wage? Does a minimum wage that does not afford recipients reasonable quality of life actually serve the purpose it was intended to? And is Sally McManus moving the union's goal posts?