Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights

David Cunliffe
Labour Leader

30 July 2014

Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“That will put around $4000 a year into the pockets of hard working Kiwi wage earners.

“New Zealand’s productivity gains of 50 per cent over the last 20 years have not led to corresponding increases in real wages.

“Forty-six per cent of Kiwi wage earners didn’t receive a pay rise last year despite the economy growing by around 3 per cent. Wage earners help create economic wealth; it is only fair they share the benefits.

“It is a travesty that 40 per cent of children growing up in poverty are living in working households.

“Labour has already announced its Economic Upgrade programme to create a high-skill high-wage New Zealand and reduce employment to 4 per cent by the end of our first term.

“Today we are committing to a ‘100 days’ programme to make positive changes to the lives of working New Zealanders.

“These include:
• Immediately increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, with a further increase to $16.25 an hour in April 2015.
• Aiming to raise the minimum wage to two-thirds of the average wage over two terms as conditions permit.
• Ensuring all core public service workers are paid at least the Living Wage, and extending that as fiscal conditions allow.
• Abolishing the Government’s 90 day dismissal law.
• Reviewing health and safety laws and ensuring Worksafe New Zealand is adequately resourced.

“We will also charge a Commission of Inquiry with investigating wage setting and other workplace practices with a view to developing labour market regulation that makes it easier to negotiate fair pay and conditions, and encourages productive workplace relationships.

“Labour will boost wages and bring down unemployment so all Kiwis can afford a better life,” David Cunliffe said.

Click here for more information.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news