John Key says he would like to see wages drop

In worrying news for workers National Party leader John Key told a Northland business meeting in December that he would love wages to drop. 

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union says John Key needs to explain to workers why he wants their wages to drop. “New Zealand workers are already getting paid thirty percent less than their Australian counterparts and John Key seems to think this gap should be bigger. That contradicts what he’s telling the public and it puts a lie to his claim a National government would lift wages,” said national secretary Andrew Little. 

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly also questioned Key’s recent statements. “Will National support strengthening collective bargaining in employment law so that low wages can be addressed at an industry level by workers and employers, or remove collective bargaining rights like they did last time which saw wages drop dramatically?” 

Last year average wage increases in the finance sector were 6.3%. A key reason for these increases was Finsec members raising wages through collective bargaining.


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