This week Fair Work Australia announced a 2.5% pay rise for the most underpaid workers in this country which will equate to an additional 49 cents an hour. This is on top of a 1.75% increase last year.
The amendment Barton is bringing to the house this coming Tuesday is about changing the way the Essential Services Commission (ESC) determines maximum fare rates for taxis.
This amendment would ensure that the ESC considers an accredited driver's capacity to earn a living wage as well as the commercial viability of operating a taxi service.
Living wage means remuneration that is sufficient for a reasonable standard of living having regard to the cost of essential goods and services.