Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


EPMU welcomes responsible Budget

May 22, 2008
Media Release

EPMU welcomes responsible Budget

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union welcomes the Government’s step to provide help to working New Zealanders by cutting taxes, but says higher wages are the real answer to rising cost pressures.

The union is also pleased to see the Budget providing further investment in training, infrastructure and research which will help ensure economic growth and prosperity.

EPMU national secretary Andrew Little says the 2008 Budget shows a solid plan for New Zealand’s future.

“Although everybody is talking about the tax cuts it is important to recognise the money that is going into areas like training and research is the money that will help us prosper in the long run.

“We’ve seen significant wage growth in the last eight years but we need to see more and it is clear that while tax cuts will provide some help for many working New Zealanders facing cost pressures, it is investment in growth that will bring real rewards in the medium to long term.

“Despite John Key’s claims, cutting taxes will never close the wage gap with Australia, especially as his comments today indicate National’s tax package will mainly target high-earners.”

The EPMU represents 50,000 working New Zealander across 11 industries.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election