What if we were to change a couple of key words in Roger Douglas’s minimum wage reduction bill?
Maori Minimum Wage Bill Drawn From Ballot
Tuesday, 23 February 2010, 2:24 pm Press Release: ACT New Zealand
The drawing of my Minimum Wage (Mitigation Of Maori Unemployment) Amendment Bill today is a step toward mitigating the high rate of Maori unemployment, which has soared, ACT New Zealand MP Sir Roger Douglas said today.
“Prohibiting employers from paying, for example, $10 per hour to Maori often forces those Maori onto the Unemployment Benefit. The hourly rate on those benefits is around $4-$5 why would we force our Maori to accept $180 a week when they could be earning $400?” Sir Roger said.
“Only a â€˜caring’ Labour Party politician would tell Maori they’re better off being dependent on the state with $120 a week than self sufficient on $400 a week.
“Maori unemployment has almost doubled. Our Maori have been priced out of the market they can’t get jobs or work experience, and cannot contribute to our economy. What effect is this having on them?
“While the recession is also impacting on Maori unemployment, this alone cannot explain the surge. More than 75 percent of economists agree that high minimum wages result in job losses with those hit hardest being young and unskilled workers, which disproportionally discribes Maori. After all, as an employer who would you pick if the cost were the same: a Maori with no skills or an non-Maori with more skills?
“My Bill will give the Government the capability to set different rates for Maori. It will ensure that Maori do not have to compete against more experienced and skilled workers at an equal wage for the same job, providing them with more job opportunities,” Sir Roger said.
All Douglas’s facts are still true. What’s good enough for the youth goose is good enough for the Maori gander? No? Why wouldn’t exactly the same logic apply?
Students. Pasifika. Men. High school drop-outs. Singles. People in Northland. They have all experienced spikes in unemployment since mid-2008 along with youth. Why not lower minimum wages for them?
Why not, unless the logic is bullsh*t?