Unemployment never to return to pre-key levels
Unemployment never to return to pre-key
Treasury projections that show under the
current Government’s policies, unemployment will never
return to pre-Key levels are a scandal, says Labour Leader
“Mr Key is failing on jobs. His
policies are not creating jobs for New Zealanders.
“Unemployment has increased by around 50% under
National. There are approximately 50,000 more Kiwis
unemployed today than when John Key came to power.
“ If National was to win a third term, by 2017
unemployment would still be nearly 5% and the number of
people unemployed would be 25,000 higher than in 2008.
“Labour is determined to get Kiwis into work and get
unemployment down as low as we can.
rolling out a set of economic upgrade plans - including
forestry, manufacturing, and monetary policy - that will
give businesses a boost and create more jobs with higher
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On The Greens Proposal To Gradually Lift The Minimum Wage
Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose) or by a small tax cut, as the government seems about to announce.
The minimum wage boost – by 75 cents an hour to $15 in December, and then by gradual annual increments to $18 an hour by 2017 – that the Greens are talking about is just one part of a packet of employment measures that would include scrapping youth rates and the 90 day trial period, introducing a redundancy package of four weeks, offsetting any abatement effect of the policy package for those receiving Working For Families, and finally… ditching the exception made by the government (during the Hobbit negotiations) for workers in the screen industry, which denies them normal workplace safeguards and entitlements. More>>