When the government, eventually, gets back from its month-long holiday, one of the first decisions it needs to take is the annual minimum wage review.
Business, short-termist as ever, wants no increase and the re-introduction of youth rates. A kick in the guts for poor working families.
To keep up with inflation (minus GST increase, which is, just barely, offset by income tax cuts), the increase needs to be at least 50 cents an hour to $13.25.
If we’re serious about catching Australia we should copy them and lift it to $15 an hour. How else is the gap going to start closing if we won’t match their wage rates?
I hope John Key won’t start election year by making the poorest workers poorer. I would love to see him back his promises with action for once and make a bold move by lifting the minimum wage to match Aussie’s.