To be honest, I didn’t think the Greens knew there was such a thing as working together with people, but it’s nice to see they’ve heard of the concept when trying to score some quick political points. ¬† Especially as it wasn’t the Greens that brought the issue up in the first place.
The Greens say MPs shouldn’t be given pay increases that are out of step with those of most other Kiwis.
“MPs’ salaries are going up by $8200 but the median income rose only $1300 last year,” said co-leader Russel Norman.
“We’re calling for cross-party support to agree on a system of index linking.”
The 5.5 percent increase was announced yesterday by the independent Remuneration Authority.
MPs’ pay has risen to $156,000 a year, the prime minister’s to $452,300 and cabinet ministers’ to $283,400.
The remuneration authority needs a kick up the hoohaa. ¬†With inflation near zero percent, and general market increases in the range of 1.7 (from memory), there is no way to justify a 5.5% increase. ¬† You could say they’ve increased New Zealand’s productivity, but we’re still running deficits, so I’m not sure how you can earn 5.5% and look the tax payer in the eye. ¬† Read more »