Youth Wage a Flash Back to the 80s
Tracey Martin MP
Spokesperson for Youth
1 May 2013
Youth Wage a Flash
Back to the 80s
New Zealand First says the
Government seems determined to take us back to the past with
the starting out wage that does nothing to solve the high
rate of youth unemployment.
Youth Affairs spokesperson
Tracey Martin says introducing the $10.80 per hour minimum
wage will only lump more hardship on young people looking
for jobs, but who still have bills to pay.
“When I had
my first waitressing job in the eighties, I was paid $10 an
hour. Thirty years later and a young person in the same role
could only be earning 80 cents more an hour.
of living has skyrocketed since then, but young people are
penalised because of their age with a rate that hardly
allows them to make ends meet.
“The Government should be
concentrating on creating jobs, apprenticeships and
opportunities for young people in New Zealand, rather than
giving them another reason to book a one way flight to
“The starting out wage does nothing to give
youth a fair start to their working lives,” says Ms
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