Minimum wage will reach $15 by 2014 - Garner
Thu, 09 Feb 2012 7:24a.m.
The Prime Minister says a minimum wage of $15 an hour isn't a viable option in New Zealand, but 3 News political editor Duncan Garner disagrees. He believes New Zealand workers will reach this sum by the end of the current political term.
“I think their aim will be to try and get up to $15 by the end of this term, by 2014, but there’s no guarantees – you’ve got to do it based on growth in the economy.”
From April the minimum wage will rise by 50 cents to $13.50 an hour, a move the Government was forced to make.
Key says a small increase means that people will keep their jobs, and can stay on top of their bills but the Council of Trade Unions, and the opposition, are disappointed at the Government's stance – the opposition had been pushing for the rate to increase by $2.
But the party which has been most vocal about criticising the Government is one of their own coalition partners, the Maori Party.
The National Party’s plans to sell state-owned assets and the minimal minimum wage increase have both copped flak, but Garner says the Maori Party needs to do more than just political pointscoring.
“I just wonder how many times can the Maori Party sit there and say ‘you’ve failed us, you’ve failed us, you’ve failed us’ – there will come a time where those empty threats have to be fulfilled,” he says.
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9/02/2012 7:01:10 p.m.
it is true the people put him back in but we really didnt hav a choice...its not like labour acted like a real party and noone wanted phil...besides that wasnt an election we had there would have been better ideas for the future...the people only have them self to blame for not keeping a closer eye on the government...proof or not we all no they are all corrupt
9/02/2012 1:49:41 p.m.
What more can i say , terry has already said it.
9/02/2012 1:15:56 p.m.
So true Terry the people put him in in so he could serve the few not the many and now they complain.
9/02/2012 12:49:02 p.m.
And by 2014 we would need a minimum wage of $18 to cover increasing costs. And in the mean time the rich just keep getting richer. What a joke.
9/02/2012 9:39:45 a.m.
Andrew Te Kani wrote:
come on john whats going on,you tell us to vote for you so we put our trust in you.13.50 an hour with high food prices an petrol at 2.09 per liter,what a joke cuz
9/02/2012 9:16:45 a.m.
you people put him back in don't complain, you all asked for it put up with it
9/02/2012 9:04:49 a.m.
Low incomes only cover the basics. Folk can only afford so much and will do with out; which means that other businesses dip out on their consumer spending. Put even a little more in the pocket of those folk and they will spend it on a few more basics. This is lubrication to the economy. They will be less dependent on government supplements to wages. There will be more small enterprise. Even if it means a burger a week, a meal out or a haircut and pair of shoes from time to time. It all adds to the economy with goods and services people at present cannot afford and do with out
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