Commentary : Joe Carolan
Living Wage campaigners debated John Key when they were collecting signatures at the Big Gay Out last weekend. When I asked him to sign the petition for $15ph min wage, Key replied
"If I did that, 9000 workers would lose their jobs" he lied.
"What, on top of the 168,000 who've lost them already on your watch?"
We then asked the Prime Minister what he would say to a young worker, trying to survive on $420 a week, and could he personally survive on it?
"Not easily. No- that's your answer!" he laughed, before ambling away.LET THEM EAT CAKE?
This answer is not good enough, and adds insult to injury after last week’s pathetic 25 cents on the minimum wage. If John thinks he couldn’t personally survive on a low income, why should it be a laughing matter for half a million of his fellow citizens?
Happily, thousands of people at the BGO disagreed with him, and signed the petition! This politician can’t make the right decision- now we want to bypass his government and let the people decide- and the next 10 weeks are going to be HARD OUT on fight to win enough signatures for the Referendum.
Join us in the fight.
BACKGROUND? Watch the interview on TVNZ News at Eight HERE