Employees in Poverty need Phones

woman with phone and laptop

The recent SACOSS “Working to Make Ends Meet” conference highlighted the importance of telecommunications to those people living below the poverty line, whose income mainly comes from wages.

People living on low wage incomes are often especially reliant on access to phone and internet services as a tool of their employment. It can be their “lifeline to work”, particularly when work is insecure and shifts change often. In some cases, employers have clearly shifted a cost of the workplace onto their employees, who do their work by using their personal devices and connections – see SACOSS’s report, Paying to Work.

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