Grey Power Concerned At Secret TPPA Deals' Impact on Elderly
Grey Power Concerned At Secret Deals and Their Impact on
Elderly New Zealanders As Well As the Population as a
The Government seems hell-bent on committing NZ
to the TPPA prior to the next election while refusing to
release any details to the NZ public.
Grey Power has real
concerns about the impact of this agreement on several areas
of NZ life: Huge increases in the cost of medicines.
Multi-national corporations dictating NZ policy and
Dr Erik Monasterio’s article in the Christchurch
Press Monday March 10th has caused real concerns amongst
Grey Power membership where it says the very existence of
Pharmac is threatened under this
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On The Greens Proposal To Gradually Lift The Minimum Wage
Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose) or by a small tax cut, as the government seems about to announce.
The minimum wage boost – by 75 cents an hour to $15 in December, and then by gradual annual increments to $18 an hour by 2017 – that the Greens are talking about is just one part of a packet of employment measures that would include scrapping youth rates and the 90 day trial period, introducing a redundancy package of four weeks, offsetting any abatement effect of the policy package for those receiving Working For Families, and finally… ditching the exception made by the government (during the Hobbit negotiations) for workers in the screen industry, which denies them normal workplace safeguards and entitlements. More>>