The minimum wage in Australia currently is set to $16.87 per hour, however this is presuming an adult worker. I'm quite sure it's legal to pay somebody under the age of 18 less than this, which is why generally places like McDonalds prefer to hire teenagers. As I understand it it's only a margin of a few dollars per hour but over a week that can make a difference.
Essentially, this provides enough for most adults to live on on a weekly basis.
This would roughly equate to about $500 per week if it was converted to US currency. But I know the actual rate is much lower than that. So I wonder; if Mimimum wage in the US is not enough to live off, how the hell is it justified? And how will replacing those workers solve any problems without creating more?
Well, it used to be like that, I remember working a Taco Bell for my fast food job, the Fryer/Dishwasher was 16, the assembly guy was 17, the Cashier was 18, Shift Manager was 24, Store Manager was 30. Now, I would almost say that I defy you to find a teenager working in fast food.
$16.87 AUS is equal to $13.22 USA (+-), by a 32 hour maximum part time = $423.04. Right now the National rate is $7.25 USA (01/01/2014). A lot of the resentment for increasing the wage that high is can be found when you look at other jobs. Looking through my state's employment office we find jobs like this: Diesel Mechanic $15.00, Construction General Laborer $10.00, Bookkeeper $12.50, Customer Service Supervisor $15.00, Drug testing center facility manager $15.00, Brick Mason $15.00, Forklift Operator $15.27 Building Engineer 1 $10.00, Plumber 1 $15.00, School Bus Driver $15.00, HVAC Technician $12.00, Welder $17.00... And on and on. Of course, this will be more in States like California and less in states like Mississippi.
When we see the pay rate they want to move into you can start to hear the complaints coming, People in management positions and skilled workers who spent years and thousands of dollars in education and training, Construction workers who spend all day out in the sun carrying heavy shit. An Engineer make $10/hour, someone who has gone to college for 8 years, and they think their ability to say "would you like fries with that?" compares to the Engineer's ability to stress equations. And we're not going to get started about the military's complaints about this.