August 22, 2014
Maori Party backs living wage
The Maori Party has adopted the living wage as part of its election campaign.
In the six years it has been part of a National-led coalition the minimum wage has risen less than $2 to $14.25.
Te Tai Tonga candidate and employment spokesperson Ngaire Button says that’s not enough, and it will lobby for a living wage of $18.80 per hour, so low-income earners have a reasonable standard of living.
She says over the last six years in Government, the Maori Party has secured 3000 trade training placements for Maori and Pasifika people, and it wants to double that on an annual basis.
It will also seek $2.5 million a year for 250 Maori Affairs cadetships in energy, infrastructure and telecommunications.
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