Unionists meet with new Prime Minister

Prime Minister Elect John Key met with trade union leaders yesterday and, according to the Dominion Post, won a crucial assurance that National will look at their KiwiSaver changes that would penalise low-income savers.

Brenda Pilott from the public services union and Peter Conway from the Council of Trade Unions are understood to have lobbied for changes to National’s Kiwisaver policy to favour workers on lower incomes. The unions have proposed that, if Kiwisaver must be cut, then it be done by keeping it a 4+4 scheme but capping employer contributions at $20.

Click on the link below for a full analysis of what unions are proposing for Kiwisaver http://www.thestandard.org.nz/unions-offer-better-option-for-kiwisaver-changes/

They also discussed National’s plan to cap spending on the public service. Brenda Pilott said that while the PSA fears for members’ jobs, that John Key indicated yesterday that he wants to retain the public service at about the size it is now, but not see further growth.

John Key has confirmed that he will continue to meet with union leaders regularly.


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