An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams

I have no idea what generation I am part of. Either way, I’m halfway between you and Talia.

I’m lucky to live in Australia, where our minimum wage is also a livable wage. There are separate pay rates for juniors (anyone under 21 years old) which are based on them either living at home or sharing with a few friends, and overall having fewer financial responsibilities.

But for adults, the minimum wage is meant to be something that you can live off. The 21 year old crew person at maccas can choose to rent their own place, pay for electricity, water, gas, internet, phone, transport and food, and still have a little bit left over some weeks for a few drinks with friends. Or, they can choose to live with a friend or two, and have plenty left over for other things.

I have just recently returned to the workforce. Where Ilive there is an unemployment rate of around 35% so when I got the chance at a minimum wage part-time job doing food retail I took it. Part-time, I am making what she was making full time. If I can get full-time hours, I would be making around double. This is at minimum wage, in a customer service industry.

The only handout she wants is to make enough from her full time job to be able to survive. Why is that a big deal? Why should someone have to work 40 hours a week in one job and then have to work another job around the first just to survive? An adult working 40 hours a week should be getting paid enough to cover all their basic necessities and have at least a little bit left over at the end of each week.

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