At least it is until Wednesday, when it is highly liked to be voted down by National, as Darien's media statement from 4th March explains:
Associate Labour spokesperson Darien Fenton says Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson’s confirmation in the House today that National will not be supporting her member’s bill is a further indication that the Government thinks the law of the jungle is good enough for some low paid workers.If you're in Wellington on Wednesday you have an opportunity to show your support for the Bill, for contractors' rights and for a $15 minimum wage. Yes the centre-left lost the election; if we quiet down and let them ignore workers' rights without a fight then we're letting them win much more.
“It’s disappointing for these workers that John Key’s government is prepared to continue to ignore the situation for thousands of workers who have to live and work by the law of the jungle, because there are no minimum wage protections for them.“But coming on top of tax increases for the lowest paid and the 90 day Fire at Will Bill, I can’t say I am particularly surprised,” Ms Fenton said.
When: Wednesday 25th March, 7.30am - 10am
Where: Parliament House, Wellington
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Thanks to Darien for emailing me about this.