The Government, with its announcement the minimum wage will
increase by 25c an hour to $13.75, continues to steer a
difficult path as debate about the minimum wage compared with
a ''living wage'' continues.
Dunedin North MP David Clark and employer representatives are
at odds over the costs and benefits of raising the minimum
wage to $15, a possibility after Dr Clark's private member's
Bill was drawn from the ballot last week.
Lifting the minimum wage is a defining issue for the Maori
Party in government, and yesterday's 25 cents and hour
increase falls way short of what the party would be
comfortable with, says co-leader Pita Sharples.