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

 


Invest in young people, don’t cut their wages

CTU Media Release

5 December 2012

Invest in young people, don’t cut their wages

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) opposes moves by the Government to reduce youth incomes, and calls for investment in skills development and decent jobs for young people.

CTU is appearing in front of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee at Parliament today, and is calling on the Government to scrap the Minimum Wage (Starting-Out Wage) Amendment Bill.

Peter Conway, CTU Secretary said “youth unemployment is driven by a shortage of decent jobs rather than a problem over the rate of youth pay. We are calling on the Government to invest in young people, support training and expand job schemes and subsidies rather than reduce pay.”

Peter Conway said “this Bill doesn’t make sense. For instance it means one 18 year old worker could have two years’ experience at work, but have been on an unemployment benefit for 6 months meaning they can be paid 20 percent less than another 18 year old worker who has no experience at all”.

“In our submission we cite detailed economic research that shows that lifting the minimum wage has no, or only small, effects on employment opportunities. Employers surveyed this year by MBIE also said clearly that reducing wage rates would not act as an incentive for them to hire new staff. Reducing the minimum wage will not therefore boost job opportunities.”

Peter Conway said that the Government used similar arguments in 2008 and 2010 when it removed the right of workers to appeal against unfair dismissal in their first 90 days of employment.

“They claimed then”, he said “that young people and the long-term unemployed would especially benefit from such policies. But youth unemployment as well as long-term unemployment has only got worse”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news