October 11, 2012
Horomia says more to creating jobs than pay rates
Labour’s Maori affairs spokesperson says the government’s proposed return to youth rates is political rhetoric rather than a serious attempt to create employment.
The starting wage will allow employers to take on 16 to 19 year olds for $10.80 an hour, or 80 percent of the current minimum wage.
Parekura Horomia says Labour showed there is more to creating job than pay rates.
Under Labour, Maori were getting jobs; there were apprenticeships and trade training.
He says without job creation, the new wage rates will encourage young people to try their luck in Australia.
Mr Horomia says when combined with other anti-worker moves like the 90-day fire at will probation period, the starting wage will entrench low pay for younger workers well into their 20s.