Living Wage campaign- this problem will not be solved by 50c

Press Release – Unite Union

Anger amongst the near half a million workers on less than $15ph in New Zealand will not be bought off with the 50 cent increase in the minimum wage today. Our workers in cinemas and fastfoods are voting to campaign for a living wage of $15ph this year.Living Wage campaign- “this problem will not be solved with half a dollar.”

“Anger amongst the near half a million workers on less than $15ph in New Zealand will not be bought off with the 50 cent increase in the minimum wage today. Our workers in cinemas and fastfoods are voting to campaign for a living wage of $15ph this year. The government increase of 3.8% is a tacit admission that hundreds of thousands of workers in NZ just don’t earn enough to live on adequately. Especially when workers in low paid jobs have no security of hours, and have their rosters cut from week to week. Casualisation and underemployment are the hidden scourges of the lowest paid workers in this society, and this problem will not be solved with half a dollar.”

– Joe Carolan, Campaign for a Living Wage organiser, Unite union.

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