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Working people welcoming minimum wage increase

Published: Wed 18 Dec 2019 12:03 PM
Working people are welcoming today’s Government announcement confirming that it will increase the minimum wage to $18.90 per hour from 1 April 2020.
"The minimum wage is currently $17.70 so an increase of $1.20 an hour will mean an increase of $48 a week for someone working full time. This is a significant and meaningful increase to the minimum wage. We have total confidence that the Government is on track to fulfill its promise of a $20 minimum wage by 2021," CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.
"We are thrilled that this Government is taking active steps to improve the lives of working people by ensuring that the lowest paid are getting an increase from their employers. There are other tangible steps the Government should take that would also make work better in New Zealand. These include the introduction of Fair Pay Agreements and enhanced protections for those working as contractors," Wagstaff said.
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