2013 Media Statement
Minimum wage to
Labour Minister Simon Bridges today
announced the minimum wage is to rise to $13.75.
current wage rate is $13.50.
The training and new
entrants’ minimum wages will increase from $10.80 to $11,
which is 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.
these wage rates represents a careful balance between
protecting low paid workers and ensuring jobs are not lost
as the economic recovery gains pace,” says Mr Bridges.
“The Government is firmly focussed on growing the
economy and boosting incomes. Through our Business Growth
Agenda we are creating opportunities to help grow more jobs
in New Zealand, for New Zealanders.”
The new minimum
wage rates will come into effect on 1 April.
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>