Shearer supports living wage campaign

David Shearer
David Shearer
Labour Leader David Shearer says he supports the campaign for a living wage hourly rate of $18.40.

He said it would allow a lift in the incomes of New Zealanders to better support their families.

Mr Shearer said the Labour Party would champion the living wage alongside community groups "to do what we can to support the movement."

"Too many New Zealanders are working hard but not getting ahead. Many people I meet say they simply can't earn enough to pay the basic bills, and are having to take on two or three jobs to support themselves."

Mr Shearer said the National-led Government's hands-off approach to the economy is hurting families.

"Wages are stagnating while the cost of living continues to rise. I don't want New Zealand to be a low wage country. That's why Labour will make changes so that families can have a better life."

He said a first step would be raising the minimum wage to $15 a hour.

- Kate Shuttleworth of APNZ

Hourly rate too high, less work

If you make the hourly rate too high then there'd be a lot less unskilled work.  People who are the poorest will find it much harder to get work. Instead of increasing the minium wage energy should be directed at increasing unskilled workers skills thus allowing them to earn more per hour.

Buying votes "hands on"

He supports $18 but will only raise to $15. Either way it's simply buying votes and solving nothing because if it was as easy as raising the minimum wage it would have been done long ago and it doesn't take any more than 5th form economics knowledge to understand why. For all it's shortcomings the government is at least making good decisions in relation to the economy. Mr Shearer certainly demonstrates there is no-one else capable.

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