Wednesday, October 05, 2011
"...Masoe joined Parliament's other cleaners in Labour's caucus room today to push for a $15 an hour minimum wage and to remind politicians that poverty does exist in this country.
She earns the current minimum wage, $13.50, and says that's about $453.34 in the hand a week.
By the time she pays $250 in rent, $90 for power and $70 for petrol to get to and from work, Masoe has about $43 left to pay for groceries.
That usually consists of budget canned spaghetti and baked beans, cheap bread, oats, noodles and margarine.
"This is what our low wages can afford. It's budget food, it's not healthy," she told MPs and fellow Service and Food Union representatives this afternoon...."
Follow the link and take a look at the 'Poor starving cleaner'
Also, no mention of the family tax credit welfare package of about $370 a week (four teens and minimum wage)