4 weeks annual leave and a rise to the minimum wage

RomanceLast Sunday a key policy that New Zealand unions have been campaigning for came into affect – four weeks annual leave for all workers. On the same day the minimum wage increased $1 per hour to $11.25 for people aged 18 and over and $9 an hour for 16 and 17 year olds. Extra Working For Families support also came into affect. All of which are big wins for New Zealand workers.

Almost all Finsec members already had 4 weeks annual due, to negotiating it into our collective agreements – which goes to show the benefit of belonging to a strong union at your work. But now that all workers are legally entitled to four weeks annual leave Finsec members will be able to spend more of that leave with their friends and family who previously only had three weeks of annual leave. Or maybe an opportunity for a week long tryst with a secret paramour. Who are we to judge?

Likewise, while happily rises in the minimum wage are not something Finsec members have needed to watch for due to our existing wages being above minimum levels, it is something for all workers to celebrate when the lowest paid in our communities move closer to receiving a wage that allows them to provide them and their families a fairer living wage.

(Thanks to Patrick Q for the photo)

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