Life "not getting easier" for working Australians

Australian families are stressed and struggling with the current cost of living, according to a new report.

41,000 workers have been surveyed as a part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Working Australia Census.

The body is in the process of compiling the data, which it hopes will help shape future workplace campaigns.

1,000 responses have been chosen as an early analysis sample and the results confirm the ACTU's predictions.

ACTU president Ged Kearney says: "Australians are working longer and harder but life is not getting easier."

"An early analysis of census data has confirmed what unions believed about the cost of living placing increasing stress on workers and their families, while the work-life balance has become more and more difficult to manage," Kearney reveals.

Kearney says that Australian workers should be entitled to share in economic wealth and should not have to struggle to pay for basics.

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