Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
Member of Parliament for Northland
18 APRIL 2017
Pay Rise But Why Did National Wait So Long
The National government claims that the wage rise for aged care workers – mostly women – is wonderful, says New Zealand
First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.
“Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman says it is “really good” to see “low-paid workers” get the recognition they deserve
for their work.
“He knows, he says, because he worked in rest homes.
“So, why did their fight for better pay – from the pitiful $16 they now get – have to go to a legal battle in court and
lengthy negotiations with the National government?
“Having been apathetic all the way to the highest court in the land the Minister cannot expect people to believe his PR
spin,” says Mr Peters.