Labour wants to raise the minimum wage but won’t pay it to their interns

Labour’s industrial relations policy exposes their intern hypocrisy as predicted.

A raft of employment reforms including sector-specific fair pay agreements, public sector living wages, changing 90-day trials and increasing the hourly minimum wage to $16.50, were needed, Little said.

“If [the Government] wants to attack us for offering better work conditions – be my guest,” Little challenged.

Good points.

So, will Labour commit to paying their proposed minimum wage to their interns and put them up in better working conditions?

Thought not. Hypocrites.

Labour’s leader claimed business leaders backed legislated wage hikes.

“Business leaders I’ve spoken to said ‘you’ve got to do something about minimum wages [right now] it’s not right’.”

Little was adamant wage hikes for low income earners wouldn’t be inflationary.

First: Name those business leaders.

Second: Would not be inflationary? Only with dodgy Labour economics. If wages go up employers will have to recover increased costs, especially if there is not increased productivity commensurate with the wage rise. That will mean prices go up and so it will be inflationary.

The other side effect is that it will increase unemployment as margin jobs get priced out of the market.

These fools only have to look to Seattle to see what ramping up wages does.

Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage ($19 Canadian) law has cost the city jobs, according to a study that contradicted another new study published last week.

A University of Washington team studying the law’s effects found that the law has boosted pay in low-wage jobs since it took effect in 2015, but that it also caused a 9 per cent reduction in hours worked, The Seattle Times reported. For an average low-wage Seattle worker, that’s a loss of about $125 per month, the study said.

“If you’re a low-skilled worker with one of those jobs, $125 a month is a sizable amount of money,” said Mark Long, one of the authors. “It can be the difference between being able to pay your rent and not being able to pay your rent.”

There would be about 5,000 more low-wage jobs in the city without the law, the study estimated.

So, hiking minimum wages costs jobs and wages, the exact opposite of what Labour is claiming.

This Back to tthe Future union friendly policy is certainly wonky in thinking and in execution.



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