Minimal minimum wage movement

The government inched up the minimum wage by 25 cents an hour this week, the smallest increase in years for the lowest paid workers in New Zealand.

Unions representing low paid workers responded angrily to the news. Robert Reid from the National Distribution Unions said, “Our union represents thousands of low wage workers who are sick of excuses for holding wages down. When the economy is doing well they are told it would be inflationary to pay them enough to live on and when it is not doing so well they are told businesses can’t afford to pay them properly.”

Council of Trade Unions President Helen Kelly said “Workers who live on the minimum wage are already struggling. To set this increase at the absolute minimum will increase their difficulties in the coming year and is very unfair.”

Labour Party MP Trevor Mallard announced that he would be introducing a Bill into Parliament calling for the minimum wage to be lifted to $15 an hour.

Finsec and other unions have been supporters of the UNITE union campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. You can get more information about the UNITE campaign here.

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