Zealand needs higher wages if we are to seriously address
labour shortages,” said Council of trade Unions secretary
Paul Goulter today.
Although Statistics New Zealand
figures released today show a slight lift in private sector
wages in the last quarter, the annual increase is only 2.5%.
This is lower than the last annual increase of 3.5% for
the August 2001 year. “The current labour shortages
require more investment in education and training, better
matching of unemployed with vacancies, and higher wages to
attract workers to vacancies,” said Paul Goulter.
Zealand wages are 26% lower than those in Australia” he
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi brings together over 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions. We are the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.
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