No joke on workers on April Fools Day

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There was no joke on workers on 1 April this year – instead some measures came into place that will make a difference for working families. April first marked the increase of the minimum wage to $12 per hour, and the day when employers start making compulsory contributions to Kiwisaver.

CTU President Helen Kelly noted that there has been a 71 percent increases in the minimum wage since 1999, but that there was still room for more improvements. “The CTU wants to see more progress, with better pay for low waged workers and stronger public services, not cuts to them,” she said.

The first day of the month also saw a drop in the company tax rate, from 33 percent to 30 percent. Unions will be looking to see that employers deliver decent pay rises this year, given that their tax bills have been cut.

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