Labour throws 21,000 jobs on the scrap heap

At least 21,000 jobs would be in jeopardy if David Cunliffe followed through on his promises.

And this doesn’t include the living wage proposal.

Abolishing  the Starting-out Wage equals 2000 new jobs for 16 to 19-year-olds

The new pay rate, to be called the ‘starting-out wage’, will not be compulsory but 40,000 teenagers will be eligible.

It will kick in on April 1 next year, and the Government estimates it will create up to 2000 youth jobs in the first two years.

The starting-out wage will be set at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage, which is $13.50 an hour. 

Abolishing the 90-day trials would put up to 13,000 jobs on the line.

Research by NZIER has previously told us that 90-day trials led to 13,000 new jobs in small and medium sized businesses,” Ms Wilkinson says.

“This latest research confirms trial periods allow employers to take on new staff, with the majority retaining their staff after the trial period is over. That’s great to see.

“The 90-day trials have beenespecially beneficial for young people and the long-term unemployed. It’sof clear benefit to both employers and employees.”

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would affect up to 6,000 jobs.

Employers and the Government have hit back at Labour’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15, claiming it would cost 6000 jobs.

So in a single day, Cunliffe potentially wrote off 21,000 jobs.


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