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Kiwi Party agrees with call for improved wages

Kiwi Party agrees with Union call for improved wages.

The Kiwi Party
Press Release
June 20, 2008

 The Leader of the Kiwi Party, Larry Baldock is in agreement with the Service and Food Workers Union Assistant Secretary Neville Donaldson’s call for better wage and working conditions for all New Zealanders.
 
“For this reason the Kiwi Party backs a policy which would raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour.” The party leader said.
 
Mr Baldock’s suggestion to Government would be to offer a tax credit to employers which will offset the extra cost, thereby making the policy fiscally neutral to business.  The increased wage will then be inflation adjusted.
 
“Over time this policy change will cause a flow on effect on all incomes which will help reduce the wage differences between New Zealand and Australia.”  He said.
 
“Another advantage of a higher minimum wage is that it protects the migrant or unskilled worker from abuse and will encourage those on benefits to seek employment.
 
“The Kiwi Party’s policy is to uphold New Zealand’s tradition of all workers rights.  We want to see the people of this nation being paid a fair wage.  This is a huge step towards creating a stable living environment for all Kiwis” He said.
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