John Key says that if school support staff want pay-rises then teachers should sacrifice the ones they bargained for.
Tell him to get stuffed.
I don’t see him and his rich mates handing back the hundreds of dollars a week each in tax-cuts that National gave. I don’t see Key or his buddies Mark Weldon and Rob Fyfe or any of the CEOs handing back their pay-rises.
Teachers bargained for their pay-rises, they have a contract. They shouldn’t have to give up their small and fair pay rises so support staff can get one. Wage rises are not a zero sum game. It is dispicable that Key would try to pitch worker against worker like this but that is his true colours showing.
Key made these comments at the CTU national conference. I hope Helen Kelly takes this as a lesson in why you don’t cuddle up with Tories.
At the end of the day, Key’s comments reflect the fact that he “would love to see wages drop“. He is not interested in lifting wages for working New Zealanders. He’s just interested in pocketing more of this country’s wealth for his rich mates and himself.