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E tū celebrates largest ever minimum wage increase

Published: Wed 19 Dec 2018 12:13 PM
19 December 2018
The minimum wage is set to increase by $1.20 to $17.70 in April 2019 – the largest increase in the adult minimum wage in New Zealand history in dollar terms.
This is the biggest leap yet towards the Coalition Government’s promise to increase the minimum wage to $20 by 2021.
E tū National Secretary Bill Newson says the increase is another clear demonstration of the Coalition Government’s commitment to working people.
“This Government continues to prove that they really care about workers and their families,” Bill says.
“Lifting the minimum wage is relatively straight forward, and the evidence shows that bringing wages up is the clear path out of poverty in New Zealand.
“Together with the recent Employment Relations Act changes and the ongoing work on Fair Pay Agreements, the Government is taking us in the right direction. This is another good step forward.”
Mareta Sinoti, a cleaner at the National Library in Wellington, says that while the increase is welcome, it’s not going to solve all the problems.
“The thing is, we need a Living Wage,” Mareta says.
“Everything is just too expensive. Rent, food, and transport costs are increasing all the time. When you add up the 10-trip for the train, the costs of clothes for our families, and everything else, it’s just too much.
“It’s great that the minimum wage is going up to $17.70, but how long have we waited for it to get there?”
ENDS

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