Labour to introduce means testing for Blue Collar workers

Labour has released their Savings Policy. In it they introduce a number of things:

  • Compulsion for Kiwisaver
  • Raising the retirement age to 67
  • Means testing, especially for blue collar workers
  • Stiffing employers even more

Labour said they would be bold but who would have thought that they would go after their own voter base by means testing blue collar workers?

Mr Goff said Labour recognised for some New Zealanders, to continue working beyond 65 such as those doing physically demanding work and would introduce a “Transition” payment at the same level as NZ Super which could be accessed between the age of 65 and 67.

The only way they can do that or measure it is not only means test but also health test blue collar workers. Once means testing is in for 65 and 66 year olds imagine how easy it will be to extend means testing to everyone else.

The wonder of the policy though is why Labour couldn’t find the gumption to actually use the words “means testing”. Just like their gay marriage policy where they couldn’t be straight with voters and actually say the words “gay marriage”, Labour is likewise not being straight with voters about means testing.


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