So John Key thinks that a 1.9% increase in pay will cover 4% inflation, and that’s all minimum wage workers are going to get.
That 25c/hour won’t add up to a litre of milk at the end of the day, let along a block of cheese at the end of the week.
A person on minimum wage will now get $437.24/week after tax, whilst JK gave himself over $1000 extra per week in tax cut. It’s enough to make you sick.
John Key promised that life would be better for all Kiwis under National, and his bonus for failing to deliver is more than twice what those who slave for the minimum wage get in totality.
John Key promised that we’d catch Australia too. Their minimum wage is $NZ19.75 – more than 50% greater than our minimum wage. That’s their minimum minimum wage at that – most industries have higher minimum wages with their modern awards system. You can see why more and more people are moving over there.
John Key also promised not to raise GST – and it’s the poor who are hardest hit there too, suffering another 17% of their wages.
National promised to make “Education a National Priority”. But if your ECE costs are going up $25-$80/week per child are you going to be keeping your children there when you’ve rent rises to pay and food prices at record highs?
And with 158,000 families with their breadwinner on the dole, desperate for work, it’s not like you’ll be able to negotiate an above minimum pay rise.
Those at or near the minimum wage know exactly what National thinks of them, and there ain’t no words like ‘valued’ or ‘respected’ in the description…