People used to ask for “fair wages”. Now average workers are being paid wages that don’t afford rents without roommates.
Looking at surveys, satisfaction or agreement will often be measured as poor, fair, good, and excellent. Even worse if you look at Kelly Blue Book for vehicle ratings, it gets worse. Fair means bad, good means below average.
Taking that order of wording, asking for “fair pay” as an employee is the same as asking for below average or poor wages.
It’s now time to ask for “good pay” not “fair pay’.