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John Key’s track record on raising wages – preface





By now, I think most readers of this blog (and other sources of  political information) will recall certain statements made by Dear Leader over the last four years,

We will be unrelenting in our quest to lift our economic growth rate and raise wage rates.” – John Key, 29 January 2008

See: National policy – SPEECH: 2008: A Fresh Start for New Zealand

“One of National’s key goals, should we lead the next Government, will be to stem the flow of New Zealanders choosing to live and work overseas.  We want to make New Zealand an attractive place for our children and grandchildren to live – including those who are currently living in Australia, the UK, or elsewhere.

To stem that flow so we must ensure Kiwis can receive competitive after-tax wages in New Zealand.” – John Key, 6 September 2008

See: National policy – Speech: Environment Policy Launch

“I don’t want our talented young people leaving permanently for Australia, the US, Europe, or Asia, because they feel they have to go overseas to better themselves.” – John Key, 15 July 2009

See: Speech: Key – business breakfast

“Science and innovation are important. They’re one of the keys to growing our economy, raising wages, and providing the world-class public services that Kiwi families need.” – John Key, 12 March 2010

See: National policy – Boosting Science and Innovation

We will also continue our work to increase the incomes New Zealanders earn. That is a fundamental objective of our plan to build a stronger economy.” – John Key,  8 February 2011

See: Statement to Parliament 2011

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, 21 December 2011

See: Parliament – Speech from the Throne

We want to increase the level of earnings and the level of incomes of the average New Zealander and we think we have a quality product with which we can do that.” –  John Key, 19 April 2012

See: Key wants a high-wage NZ

Key has repeated the same pledge every year since 2008. It has become a mantra, “raise wages, raise wages, raise…”.

But words are easy. What has been Key’s actual track record? How does Dear Leader’s words reconcile with his actions? What have been the results?

The following chapters give an insight into the rhetoric and reality of the National Party and it’s leader, John Key.

1. The “Hobbit Law”

2. The 90 Day Employment Trial Period

3. Ports of Auckland Dispute

4. Rest Home Workers

5. The Minimum Wage

6. Youth Rates

7. Part 6A – stripped away

8. An End to Collective Agreements

9. Conclusion

10. A New Government’s Response



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  1. 11 November 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Good on you Frank!

  2. 11 November 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Hi frank

    When are you going to write a blog post telling us how we can demand a new election now.

    • 11 November 2012 at 6:46 pm

      If I get any ideas, Geoff, don’t worry – I’ll be screaming the solution from the rooftops!

      In the meantime, as I keep saying to folk; just keep doing what you’re doing now – but more of it. 🙂

  3. 11 November 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Thankyou for exposing keys lies, as we all know n have seen, actions speaks louder than words further more that pic up the top speaks volumes, i thought it was funny but not really im livered with anger at nationals lies as many more kiwis have woken up as well, much appreciation to your hard work.:)

    • 11 November 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Indeed, Toko.

      We’ve heard from two acquaintances – both National voters – who have gone off Key in the last two weeks…

      People are starting to wake up to Key, and by the time the next election rolls around… well… you’ve heard me sing this song before; prepare for a change in government and a new Prime Minister.

  4. Storm
    11 November 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Pretty sure he was talking about the wages of his government aye bro?

    • 11 November 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Yup, I think you’ve got it, Storm. Them and their cronies… http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/2448729/Adviser-paid-up-to-2000-per-day

      • Storm
        11 November 2012 at 10:15 pm

        Just as I/we suspected! The rip off, thieving pricks!! I don’t know HOW they remain in Government while getting away with daylight robbery??? Gotta be the most corrupt Government worldwide and that’s saying something!

      • Recluse
        11 November 2012 at 11:44 pm

        Reminds me of this one a few months ago:


        “About $200 million has been paid to transport consultants for work on five of the seven roads of national significance since 2009.”

        “The seven roads of national significance, which also include the Victoria Park Tunnel and Tauranga Eastern Link – are forecast to cost more than $10 billion over the next decade.”

        “In does beg the question of whether the transport consultants’ industry is actually giving advice that’s totally neutral or whether they’re recommending projects they know are going to result in more work for them,” – Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

        So it looks like a good portion of more than $10 billion over the next decade will be earmarked to fill the coffers of these consultants/ cronies. Not surprised we’re being smothered by a mountain of debt, government borrows money for these projects of questionable importance, they and their cronies profit from it and we foot the tab which would probably take generations to pay off. All the while these crooks can enjoy a brisk trip along their holiday highway to their plush mansions, while we scratch our heads trying to find a way to fill our motors with gas.

        Didn’t the current Greek predicament partly originate from similar circumstances? Lavish expenditure on credit for unnecessary and extravagant projects?

  5. Jasper
    12 November 2012 at 5:09 pm

    John Key aka PinoKeyo on track to be an asshole! 100% Pure!!

  6. 2 February 2014 at 11:21 pm

    its time to tell national and key to fuck off !

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