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Commendable Increase To Minimum Wage But Further Rises Needed


E tū welcomes the Government’s minimum wage rise and
hopes its progression will continue to increase year-on-year
to help lift more New Zealanders out of poverty
wages.

From 1 April, the minimum wage will rise to $20
per hour – an increase of $1.10 up from $18.90.

The
increase will benefit many groups of workers, including
essential workers who are often the lowest paid, such as
those in the cleaning, security, manufacturing, and aged
care sectors.

E tū member Lavinia Kafoa says the
increase will make a real difference to her pay packet,
boosting it from what she earns hourly, which is just over
the minimum wage.

“My rent is going up and I need to
buy food for the kids – as single mother, it will really
help me.”

E tū Team Leader Yvette Taylor says the
rise is a commendable milestone, but the struggle is not
over.

“This will make a substantial difference, but
there’s still a long way to go before workers are
receiving the Living Wage – the amount that workers need
to truly survive and participate in society.

“We
hope that the Government continues on this trajectory of
increases to the minimum wage, to bring our national wage
floor into line with what we know our essential workers need
and deserve to live with choice and
dignity.”

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