Green MPs today joined union actions across the country against the wage freeze in the public sector.
"It is shameful that many of our hardest workers are among the worst paid, some of them only getting $12.50 an hour," said Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Keith Locke.
Today ‘Lift The Freeze’ lunchtime rallies were held all over New Zealand, involving thousands of lowly paid hospital orderlies, cleaners, kitchen staff and school support workers.
"While the Government talks of a desire to lift incomes to Australian levels individual ministers are signaling to their department heads to keep wages down."
Mr Locke said the Green Party is part of the citizens’ initiated referendum campaign to lift the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It also favours an automatic annual adjustment to the minimum wage, ensuring it equates to no less than 66% of the average wage.
"The Green Party is committed to all Kiwi workers getting a fair go, and that means first and foremost an income they can live on," said Mr Locke.