The New Zealand Herald

Minimum wage


Columnist Mike Hosking may feel that everyone will pay indirectly for the minimum wage to be raised through higher petrol, coffee etc, but, isn’t it the low wage worker subsidisin­g people’s lifestyles? Low wages keep prices down for high earning media personalit­ies like Mr Hosking. New Zealand has had a low wage economy for far too long. Take teachers, nurses, health profession­als, social workers, anyone in the “caring” profession­s whose value continues to be undervalue­d by the “market economy”. Raising the minimum wage rate highlights how poorly paid many sectors are.

M. Mildon, Hamilton.

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