Dollars and common sense – raising the minimum wage.
Well reasoned – David Clark has reasoned the issue very nicely.
Of course, those who argue that raising the minimum wage would harm our economy should consider two things;
1. Our best and brightest will leave NZ for where wages are higher. THAT will harm our economy.
2. If raising the minimum wage is a “bad thing”, consider the converse; dropping the minimum wage to $1 an hour. What would that do to our economy? Wreck it for sure.
Raising the minimum wage means people can share in the “economic pie” and buy the services and products that businesses have to offer. Keeping wages low may mean that ‘Acme XYZ Ltd’ has a lower wages-bill to pay it’s staff – but it also means that other low-paid workers can’t buy ‘Acme XYZ Ltd’s’ products and services.
Interestingly, if those on minimum wage ($13.50) had a 20% wage increase, as did the Top 150 Rich Listers – that would raise their hourly wage to $16.20 an hour.
Question: why is it ok for the Top 150 Rich Listers to increase their wealth by a staggering 20% (during a global recession, no less!) – but not ok for the lowest paid to have a better wage?
Can any National Party supporter explain this anomaly in New Right dogma?
In 2008 and again in 2011, Dear Leader John Key promised to raise wages to match Australia,
“We will be unrelenting in our quest to lift our economic growth rate and raise wage rates.” – John Key, Prime Minister, 29 January 2008
“The driving goal of my Government is to build a more competitive and internationally-focused economy with less debt, more jobs and higher incomes.” – John Key, Prime Minister, 21 December 2011
Instead, the converse has proven to be the reality,
And it’s a funny old world, really.
Voters abandoned the government that gave them this…
… for this,
Never let it be said that some New Zealanders don’t enjoy a bit of masochism every so often, and vote National for a sound bout of self-whipping.
Unfortunately, it’s the rest of us that end up paying for that self-indulgent choice at the ballot box.
Here’s a clever idea – all those people who vote National should have a wage/salary freeze during the term of that government. After all, as some National supporters keep insisting, raising the minimum wage “harms the economy”. (I assume the same holds for all wages and salaries?)
The rest of us, who vote for Labour, Greens, Mana, et al, can have our wages/salaries linked to Australia’s pay rates.
Now I ask you – what could be fairer than that?
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