Putting a rocket under minimum wage is a moral failure

Published: Wed 19 Dec 2018 04:15 PM
The Government’s decision to increase the minimum wage to $17.70 will devastate businesses in regional New Zealand, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “The Prime Minister is clearly spending too much time in Ponsonby. Slamming regional businesses, who are already suffering from fuel tax hikes, will put the brakes on economic growth and hiring – devastating opportunities for prosperity in communities desperately in need of good news.”
“Paying $17.70 for low-skilled workers straight out of high-school in small-town New Zealand simply isn’t feasible. Denying those young people opportunities to get employed by pricing them out of the market with the highest income-adjusted minimum wage rate in the OECD is a moral disgrace.”
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