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12 Nov 2011

Raising minimum wage good for business - Labour

5:43 pm on 12 November 2011

Labour Party leader Phil Goff says raising the minimum wage will help job growth.

Department of Labour advice to the Government suggested lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour, as Labour intends, would cost 4000 to 6000 jobs.

But Mr Goff says if workers on the minimum wage have more money, it will create demand for goods and services - and he says that is good for business.

People who work a full week deserve a living wage, he says.