Min­i­mum wage for all

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

I was in­ter­ested in the let­ter in SWN (June 27, 2012) Slave Labour be­ing rife in the community

Slave labour does ex­ist in this coun­try among many mi­grants and dis­abled work­ers get­ting paid far be­low the min­i­mum wage. It was men­tioned in the ex­emp­tion of min­i­mum wage act, which is ad­min­is­tered by the Labour Depart­ment. I think that this act should be abol­ished and that our work­ers whether mi­grants, dis­abled or ben­e­fi­cia­ries should be en­ti­tled to the min­i­mum wage. Why are they sub­ject to as­sess­ments twice a year? This is dis­crim­i­na­tion and there are laws put into place that say that peo­ple can­not be dis­crim­i­nated against.

In Mr Emer­son’s let­ter he men­tioned it be­ing con­doned in many work­places, so why should small groups in New Zealand and in our town be dis­crim­i­nated against. We need to act as a community to try and get this prac­tice changed. B De Lisle

Toko­roa mayor who is for him­self. I also know for a fact that he lis­tens.

I was re­pulsed by what hap­pened to Mr and Mrs Gabolin­scy and con­demn those re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack. They are the ones who should be ashamed, as they car­ried out the as­sault. Read­ing be­tween the lines J Blower seems to be hold­ing the mayor as be­ing to­tally re­spon­si­ble. I notice there was no con­dem­na­tion of the per­pe­tra­tors in the let­ter. I sug­gest to J Blower that she put her money where her mouth is and stand for the may­oralty at the next elec­tion. We will then be able to see if she has any hear­ing de­fects and whether she can be suc­cess­ful in rem­e­dy­ing all the lack of ac­tion, bad de­ci­sions and prob­lem ar­eas, she claims are in our community.

D Blair Toko­roa

READY TO GO: ANZ Toko­roa’s branch man­ager Michele Al­butt and ser­vices con­sul­tant Casey Scott vis­ited Whaka­maru School to hand over a $1000 ANZ Net­ball grant for uni­forms and gear to the school’s net­ball team. The grant is part of $100,000 be­ing awarded by the Aus­tralia and New Zealand Bank­ing Group to clubs, schools, fans and so­cial teams around the coun­try. The play­ers re­ceived new bibs, uni­forms, gear bags and train­ing and match balls.

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