June 29, 2020
CTU backs Green’s guaranteed income dream
The Council of Trade Unions is endorsing the aims of a Green Party poverty action plan.
The Greens want to pay a guaranteed minimum income of $325 a week for everyone not in full time paid work, paid for by higher taxes including a 1 percent levy on wealth over $1 million.
CTU secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges says the first big policy announcement of the election campaign puts issues of inequality and poverty to the fore.
She says the economic impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the need to build a fairer and more resilient Aotearoa.
"No one in New Zealand should be living in poverty. Regardless of whether you are in work or not in work, everyone should be able to afford decent housing and food and other essentials for themselves and their whānau live the kind of life we imagine everyone in New Zealand should be able to so many people currently aren’t," Ms Ansell-Bridges says.
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