3 Apr 2011

Ideas for 3 April 2011 - Minimum Wage

From Ideas, 11:06 am on 3 April 2011

More than 40,000 New Zealanders got a pay rise on Friday, but with the 25-cent increase to the hourly minimum wage working out to just $10 a week, before tax, it will barely cover the cost of a celebratory drink come next payday. So could the minimum wage have been raised by more without lengthening the dole queue? Ideas talks to former minimum wage worker Miriama Francis; the owner of Auckland's Cherry Cleaning Company, Sid Day; US economist William Lester; Auckland University professor Tim Hazledine; and AUT senior lecturer in economics Gail Pacheco.