Unions are protesting against the Government's new youth pay law, which comes into force from today.
Unions say contributions by Wal-Mart Stores since 2010 helped bring about the creation of an unusual taxpayer-paid subsidy.
The minimum wage rises 25 cents an hour today, but Labour claims that won't matter a jot to our lowest paid workers.
Young people can be paid less than the adult minimum wage under a bill that has been passed by Parliament.
Unions are railing against a law change that would slash wages for young workers ahead of the bill's second reading.
Labour says the Govt's 25c boost to minimum wage is a slap in the face for the country's poorest paid workers.
The minimum wage will rise by 25 cents to $13.75 an hour from April 1.
A bill setting up a lower minimum wage for young workers is a step closer to becoming law.
Finance Minister Bill English says some employers are "greedy" and not paying staff what they could be.
Major employers will be targeted after researchers found nearly 40 percent of New Zealanders earn less than a basic living wage.
Unions have launched a campaign opposing a new youth pay rate below the adult minimum wage.
Incomes have increased by less than the rate of inflation and Opposition parties are renewing calls for min wage increase.
Labour's bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 goes to its first reading vote today, but isn't expected to survive.
Labour and the Greens are backing the Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand campaign launched in Wellington on Thursday.
Unions are backing the crackdown on employers who pay migrant workers below the minimum wage and say they're going to make sure their rights are protected.
Labour is using a new report on income inequality to promote its minimum wage policy.
The Greens are raising the minimum wage stakes with a call for it to be increased to $16 an hour.
Parliament is going to debate a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $13.50 to $15 an hour.
Kelly Belsher is a solo mother of two who refuses to go on the domestic purposes benefit.
$13.50 an hour is $385 a week after tax, and that is what single mum Emma Endemann earns each week as a cleaner.
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