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$15 min wage march tonight

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, October 30th, 2009 - 15 comments
Categories: activism, notices, workers' rights - Tags: ,

The Campaign for a Living Wage will be taking to the streets of Auckland’s CBD tonight to demand a minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour and an end to poverty wages.

The theme is Halloween trick or treat.

If you want, you can dress up as:

(a) a Zombie worker who has awoken from his apathetic slumber or
(b) a Vampire boss who has been feeding off the blood of his wage slaves!

Kick off is at 7pm at Aotea Square. More info about the campaign here.

15 comments on “$15 min wage march tonight ”

  1. Will they be providing brains?

  2. roger nome 2

    I’ll be dressing up as Ruth Richardson.

  3. Draco T Bastard 3

    Why are they doing it tonight and not now? Things like this have more impact if you can bring the country to a standstill just as the truckies did.

  4. Jcw 4

    How will increasing the minimum wage to $15 solve anything? Surely all the outlets that provide the basic neccesities (supermarkets, and factories further up the chain too) use minimum wage labour, and thus by increasing the minimum wage this much you will cause inflation that will undo the benefit of this increased wage. It would also hurt the hospo industry which has international competition on its prices, likely resulting in layoffs.

    Surely the real issue is that adults in positions of responsibility for themselves/others have so few skills that they are unable to earn a decent wage? And a more effective long term approach would be to provide these workers with up-skilling opportunities (if they don’t already have them?)

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      The minimum wage is an attempt to force businesses to pay the full costs of supplying labour.

      And a more effective long term approach would be to provide these workers with up-skilling opportunities (if they don’t already have them?)

      Considering education budgets are down, except the private ones which went up with government subsidy, who’s going to pay for this? Because it sure as hell isn’t the person on the minimum wage who can barely afford to live as it is never mind adding another $10 to $15 thousand per year on education.

      • Jcw 4.1.1

        ever heard of a student loan? if the qualification is high quality then it will pay for itself. High quality degree –> improved pay –> use improved pay to pay of student loan –> use the excess improved pay at own discression

        The minimum wage is an attempt to force businesses to pay the full costs of supplying labour.

        I thought the minimum wage was an attempt to improve the living standards of the poor. Maybe thats just me….

        Even harder to live on the dole, such a high minimum wage is likely to result in unemployment

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          Student fees only cover about 25% of the costs of education so the decreased education budget still bites and the student loan isn’t high enough to live on.

          I thought the minimum wage was an attempt to improve the living standards of the poor.

          Whatever made you think it couldn’t be both? If the businesses don’t pay enough to cover the costs of supplying labour then the people doing so will be living in poverty and going backwards. They certainly won’t be going to part time courses simply because they won’t be able to afford them.

    • Callisto 4.2

      “How will increasing the minimum wage to $15 solve anything?’

      $15 an hour, is hardly much. Everything else goes up in price- food, power, water. For years everything went up- except- the wages.

      My power bill has just increased (for what reason, I don’t know- the power company said they were putting a higher percentage on our total bill- in general).

      “Surely the real issue is that adults in positions of responsibility for themselves/others have so few skills that they are unable to earn a decent wage?’

      Yes but we always need cleaners, McDonald workers etc ( if these people move to ‘higher skilled jobs’ it leaves the low-level ‘job market’ cold) .And as an ‘adult worker’ you should be able to ‘live’. If employers don’t like it then they can hire ‘younger workers’.

      It is unfair doing a 45 hour week, busting your gut, and getting pittance. Most of these people ‘work’ hard slave-labour. Some people just don’t have the ‘mental capacity’ or ‘confidence’ or ‘intelligence’ to go on to further study or a better job.

      I can hear the protest ‘right now’ and they are making a ‘racket’.

      Good on them. $15 is nothing, people deserve to have, at least, a chance to ‘exist’ properly.

      • Callisto 4.2.1

        I am actually answering to ‘Jcw’ comments.

        October 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

        [lprent: You can directly link by right clicking the date/time and “copy link” (there may be differences based on your browser). ]

  5. Adolf Fiinkensein 5

    If you all turn around at the end and march back up the street , you’ll get the wage put up to thirty bucks!

  6. RedLogix 6

    Funny how everyone gets panicky and obsessive about wage inflation (totally non-existent since the late 1970’s), while asset price inflation driven by greedy privately owned banks pumping absurd amounts of credit into the economy… is completely all ok apparently.

  7. RedLogix 7

    Warning very black humour…. Bohemian Bankruptcy

  8. Hey the march was good fun, photos are up at http://www.flickr.com/photos/12492550@N03/sets/72157622698334566/detail/

    Feel free to use em on left wing blogs and websites with attribution.

    John Darroch

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