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

 


Wages argument doesn’t stack up

Andrew Little
Labour Spokesperson

6 August 2014

Wages argument doesn’t stack up

Business New Zealand’s narrow view about what is good for the labour market and for the economy undermines its credibility and shows it may have little to offer the debate on increasing the national income and sharing it fairly, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.

“Just as the rest of the country is waking up to the fact of growing inequality and an increasing wage gap Business New Zealand calls for a lid on the minimum wage and more deregulation of the labour market.

“New Zealand is recognised by the World Bank as having had one of the most deregulated labour markets for nearly 25 years, yet over the same period incomes for the bottom 50 per cent of earners has remained static or gone backwards.

“If the average wage in New Zealand had kept pace with improvements in productivity over the last twenty years, it would be between $7 and $8 higher than it is now.

“Last year, while the economy grew by more than 3 per cent, 46 per cent of wage and salary earners didn’t get a pay rise.

“Forty per cent of children living below the poverty line come from families and households with a working adult.

“The critical issue in New Zealand’s labour market is its failure to provide adequate wages to most working people. That Business New Zealand’s manifesto has nothing to say about this shows it can’t be taken seriously.

“Extending the 90-day ‘no rights’ period to 12 months would create even more job insecurity and would be a retrograde step for productivity and good quality management decision-making.

“New Zealand is in desperate need of a constructive debate about making our labour market work for all participants – employers and workers alike. Mindless, out-dated demands for even more wage suppression and greater job insecurity have no place in that debate.

“Labour is committed to lifting the minimum wage, investigating new measures to ensure all workers get a fair share of the national income and ensuring labour market regulation encourages high productivity management conduct, not low-road, low-rent behaviour encouraged by Business New Zealand,” Andrew Little said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news