Labour Minister Iain Lees Galloway has confirmed that the rise in the Adult Minimum Wage scheduled for April the 1st will go ahead. PM Jacinda Ardern had suggested it would happen earlier in the week. The new rate will lift wages for hundreds of thousands of Kiwis to $18.90 per hour, a rise of $1.20 from the current rate of $17.70 per hour.
National’s current leader had weirdly called for lower waged workers to subsidise the rich in the fight against Covid19. Labour has correctly ignored his bullshit advice. National have also shown their complete ignorance on how economies work by suggesting wage rises are bad for small businesses.
They’re not; the working poor mostly spend their money here in NZ. Small businesses will benefit from the extra spending power of those receiving minimum pay. That extra cash going round is going to be crucial in safeguarding our retail sector in the next few months, as is Labour’s sensible management of the wider economy.
Needless to say, the minimum wage rise is also a vote winner. By staying positive and caring, the Labour has left little room for National on the road to the 2020 election. It’s probably fair to say that the only part of the electoral highway the right have all to themselves is the gutter.