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

 


Uncaring Government attacks the lowest paid again

14 November 2012

Uncaring Government attacks the lowest paid again

“The National Government’s decision to consider submissions on the minimum wage every four years instead of annually and change the way the review is done is a blatant attack on low-paid workers,” said Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota National Secretary John Ryall today.

“This is another move by an uncaring Government on top of the 90-day trial periods, the changes to the Employment Relations Act, the removal of protections for vulnerable workers and the youth minimum wage, to reduce wage rates in New Zealand even further.”

The Service Workers Union represents nearly 23,000 workers who cook, clean and care for New Zealanders. Many are on close to the current minimum wage and struggle to put food on the table and have a decent life.

John Ryall said the Government’s decision was based on failed thinking that reducing wage rates and security of employment for workers is the only way of creating jobs.

“A cleaner in Sydney’s CBD gets nearly double what a cleaner gets in the Wellington CBD. Catching up with Australia will never happen until we significantly lift the minimum wage,” he said.

John Ryall said that taking all the elements of fairness out of the minimum wage review and only allowing submissions every four years was a signal that the Government thinks that the minimum wage is too high and needs to be either lowered or frozen.

“The minimum wage is not enough to live on,” said John Ryall. “The demand is already being made for a living wage and it is gaining support, not only amongst workers and their families, and also communities, churches and organisations that care about growing poverty and inequality in New Zealand. It will keep growing no matter what the Government does to push wage rates downwards.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news