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

 

Time to lift unliveable wage rates

Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota Media Release

30 July 2014

Time to lift unliveable wage rates

The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates.

The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy.

“Despite rising productivity in New Zealand real wages for low-income workers have fallen in the last six years,” said Service and Food Workers Union National Secretary John Ryall.

“Our union supports Labour proposals to increase real wages for tens of thousands of low-income workers through a $2 an hour increase in the minimum wage, the promotion of living wage rates to core state workers and those employed by state contractors and the restoration of the workplace rights that National has removed.”

John Ryall said SFWU also welcomed the commitment that a Labour-led Government will promote industry-wide collective agreements to stop good employers being undermined by competitors who pay unliveable wage rates and rely on the social welfare system to subsidise them.

“Increasing wage rates is not just good for the low-income workers and families directly affected, but is good for all New Zealanders as the money is circulated through the economy,” he said.

The SFWU represents 22,000 of New Zealand’s lowest paid workers in cleaning, caregiving, security, food processing and other jobs in the service sector.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog