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To: Prime Minister Scott Morrison

All risk no incentive? Pay rise for essential service workers

Increase wages now for essential service workers, especially lower paid employees. Cleaners, garbos and food service workers are risking their lives, please recognise their contribution.

Why is this important?

The recent Covid 19 income support package has resulted in an imbalance. A hospital cleaner working full time is earning around $1000 per week before tax, and usually takes home around $750. The worker must meet all personal expenses including housing, transport, food, childcare, education and medical costs.
The essential services workforce is being severely affected by the current crisis as many workers are having to stay home to care for families. We are not going to be able to recruit new workers to replace those who are unable to work. Potential employees would be better off on Centrelink benefits, safer and wealthier.