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Oct 20, 2011
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Housing costs are the single biggest concern for insecure workers

A survey conducted by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) reveals that housing costs are the single biggest concern for workers in insecure employment, reinforcing the need for action on affordable housing.

I delivered a speech at the Anti Poverty Week Roundtable today hosted by the Australian Services Union Conference  examining the housing stress and financial hardship that insecure work and high housing costs can create.

The ACTU study Insecure work, anxious lives found that:

–        54 per cent of men in insecure work said mortgage repayments and/or rent were the expenses of the most concern to them over the next 12 months

–        56 per cent of women in insecure work said mortgage repayments and/or rent were the expenses of the most concern to them over the next 12 months

Insecure work makes it harder to get into home ownership, and irregular working hours mean that week to week households can’t be sure they’ll make the rent.

Without sick pay, or guaranteed hours, workers can’t be sure how much pay they’ll be getting. If they then have to pay 30, 40 or 50% of their income in housing costs to keep a roof over their head it can make for a pretty shaky housing situation.

We don’t want to see households in Australia pushed into poverty just to get a roof over their head or where people are one paycheck away from homelessness.

Housing affordability is a relationship between housing costs and household incomes, insecure work means insecure housing.

This is just another reason why we urgently need Government action to fix Australia’s broken housing system.

To download the full media release click here

 

 

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