An open letter to David Cunliffe

Mike Clement has written an open letter to David Cunliffe on his Facebook page…I’m not expecting any sort of answer from Cunliffe, other than weasel words and platitudes. More likely is the letter will be quietly deleted and ignored along with the comments it is attracting.

It will be interesting to see if he can speak to people other than union flunkies.

Mr Cunliffe,

I listen with great skepticism when I hear yourself or any of your fellow MP’s talk about a living wage, and how you care a great deal about those workers earning minimum wage or very near it. All this while you earn in excess of $100,000 a year.

If you really do care and believe in this living wage and the workers in Parliament who clean your toilets here is an idea: 
Every MP in your party (and the Greens/NZF/Mana) should voluntarily take a pay cut of at least $40,000 a year (this would take most of them down to about $60,000 which is still greater than the median income, and more than I make), if all 60 opposition members did this you would have $2,400,000… this money could then be used to “top” up the income of those cleaners.

Also perhaps those of you who own an investment property may be inclined to sell that house (at an affordable price i.e. under $300,000) to someone who is looking for a first home. After all you only need one house and anything more than that is just greedy.

I however doubt that any of you will make that commitment, which I’m sorry makes you all hypocrites. And until such a time as I see you and your colleagues following the principles you espouse you will not have my vote, nor do I think the vote of the majority of the citizens of this country who pay your hefty salary.

Mike Clement

Mike Clement raises some good points, ones that the media never seem to raise while these over paid and under worked oppositions are using workers to further their political agenda.

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