Living Wage looks like a dead duck

The living wage proposals of Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe are not proving popular. 

Prime Minister John Key has scoffed at proposals by Labour’s leadership contenders to introduce a living wage.

Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson promised to introduce the $18.40-an-hour salary for government workers. New Lynn David Cunliffe wants to work towards the living wage for every worker.

List MP Shane Jones also pledged to regulate supermarkets to bring down the cost of food.

All three men are vying to be Labour’s leader and put forward the proposals at a series of campaign meetings over the weekend.

Key today dismissed their ideas as unworkable and “unbelievable”. 

“If you can legislate at $18.40 an hour and have no implications, why not make it $30 an hour – and show me one country in the world that has legislated for higher wages and it has been successful,” he said.

“We set the minimum wage but there is always a balance between jobs … most companies have to pay more, that means they have to put their prices up, that means you as a consumer pay more … inflation goes up so the Reserve Bank raises interest rates, that means your mortgage costs go up – by the way, a lot of people lose their job … it’s a fool’s paradise.”

And the voters aren’t stupid.




Just wait until they add on the effect of the man ban and the rest of the proposals that are chucked out like raw meat for the feral hard left. The Greens must be salivating at the prospect of moving to the centre as Labour tacks hard left.


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  • Teletubby

    Give them their due, that is the highest Labour have polled for anything in quite some time.

  • cows4me

    Are you sure it’s leadership contest and not some test to test response times for our mental health departments?

  • Jmac

    I wonder what the results would be if the question was instead framed as: “Would you like more lower skilled people to become unemployed?”

    • Agent BallSack

      Or “Should Government workers be paid more?”

  • Harry B’Stard

    Its not even funny anymore this is below cringe worthy, a political party that honestly believes it can run this country produces a comedy trio that would better the 3 Stooges

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      30% of the population believes every word these jokers are saying…that is cringe worthy….

      • Agent BallSack

        This is New Zealand after all. 30% of the population are likely drunk.

  • blokeintakapuna

    3-4 weeks of NZ getting to see just how “capable and credible” Labour’s rogues gallery actually is… and this is their “BEST” they can put forward!!
    In the mad rush to out-promise each other, the promises are not only becoming more outlandish, but the lack of anything credible is another huge tell-tale sign right there… and all 3 have so little substance as to be risible in the extreme.
    So – as this plays out for another few weeks – I wonder how vicious and internecine the internal warfare is for the deputy leader’s slot?

    • Agent BallSack

      Last I looked Meteria seemed safe.

      • Certainly safe from men anyway LOL

        • Agent BallSack

          Unless youre trapped between her and the buffet table

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    My spies inside the beehive tell me that Rolly Polly will be coming up with a more radical announcement around minimum wage being $20.00 from 2015 onwards…….the bidding war escalates….also now that the asset referendum is going to go ahead, Rolly Polly will announce that all assets sold by the evil Key will be bought back by his government….

  • Agent BallSack

    Wait Cunliffe is only promising a living wage for people already on the government tit. Robertson who has never held a real job in his life is promising it for all. Shane Jones just wants the PMs salary. Jones has my vote,

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      I am now regretting my decision of not convincing my aunty Annette King, royal of Rongotai strong enough to have a tilt at the job…..

      • Agent BallSack

        She can throw the after parties SCS.

    • But Jones also wants to regulate the supermarkets! FFS – credible? Not!

  • Col

    The problem with this lot, they have never done a real day’s work in their life, they are the sort of person who would do a budget for a new business and not even understand what they are doing, let alone know how to do a budget.

    • blokeintakapuna

      …then they’d scale it up and package it as a “master-plan” for all of NZ…

  • Daniel Church

    Like I said to one of my Facebook friends: the so-called Living Wage campaign is entirely consistent with socialist values. Use the coercive power of the state to legislate for unaffordable wage increases and other costs to employers which the market cannot sustain. Businesses go bust, Employees get laid off as a result. Everyone ends up on the dole and worse off. Hey presto – the socialists have closed the gap between the rich and poor! :)

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      You’d think Greece was some long forgotten history lesson.

  • Agent BallSack

    Its great seeing how many upvotes are on the pro government comments on that stuff post. And all the naysayers are getting their asses kicked for once.

  • Michael

    Labour Activist must have been email spammed and told to vote this up… now almost neck and neck.

    • thor42

      Yep, I’ll bet that’s what they’ve done.

    • Agent BallSack

      Yes let them run on that policy…I am tempted to vote that way myself.
      Edit: on the poll not the election!

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    It is getting tighter now 51.9% against and 48.1 for…Labour is winning bros….

  • OT Richter

    The Stuff poll is flawed. It should read ‘….encourage you to change your vote to Labour’. Who knows how many that voted yes are currently Labour supporters.

    • Agent BallSack

      In actual fact it should read “Would becoming the Zimbabwe of the South Pacific encourage you to vote Labour”

  • Super_Guest

    Good to see people know a waste of money the government doesn’t have when they see it.

  • Bryan

    that actually means he is going to pay govt workers only 38272.00 a year for a 52 week 40 hours a week job which means he is actually planning to drop all govt salaries by a massive amount so no more 100000.00 pay packets now that would go down like a dead balloon with those labour voting govt servants Yes he said it

    he is going to “introduce the 18.40 for govt workers” so its actually a massive pay cut so all those teachers on 65000 sorry you are down to 38272 under Robertson
    we must take him at his word yea right

  • I See Silly People

    I’d like to dispute the fact that the voter’s aren’t stupid. I’d estimate that about 80% of the population are stupid. The rest didn’t turn up for the exam.