Living Low Paid: the Dark Side of Prosperous Australia

Helen Masterman-Smith, Barbara Ann Pocock

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Why are so many Australians working more yet struggling to meet their basic needs? This account of the plight of low paid workers is a stinging indictment of our society and a threat to our social fabric. Even in an international downturn, Australia is a prosperous country. Yet many Australians are working more for less and struggling to meet their basic needs, despite being employed. Living Low Paid investigates the Orwellian vision unfolding, often behind closed doors, in Australia's working heartland. The book challenges the low wage path to national prosperity by exposing the hard realities of living low paid for Australian workers today. In their own words, workers tell the costs of low pay for individuals, families and communities and the social fabric at large. Workers are increasingly being undermined by casualisation, hours of work and exploitative pay setting methods, while enormous tax breaks are given to the rich, jobs are outsourced, unions are muzzled and job entitlements such as sick pay, holiday pay and penalty rates are scrapped. Living Low Paid offers a biting account of Australia's growing underbelly. It is vital reading for anyone who cares about where Australia is heading.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Number of pages241
ISBN (Print)9781741753967
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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