The Herald is reporting this morning that 61% of respondents to one of its Summer Polls want the minimum wage raised. And not just raised - there are calls, led by the union movement, for an increase to $15.00 per hour!
That is, in our ever-humble opinion, outrageous. A 20% increase to the minimum wage would be a disaster for businesses, especially small to medium businesses on whom our economy depends. Have people already forgotten that we are only just emerging from a recession? Not just a recession either; a time when thousands of New Zealanders lost their jobs, or had their hours of work trimmed back.
We hope that the Government will pay no heed whatsoever to this poll; after all, Herald polls do have a reputation for being "stacked". And the unions must be careful, for this is surely a two-edged sword; employers simply cannot afford to pay this kind of increase, and as surely as night follows day, jobs will be lost and businesses will fail.
And for the record - we reward our staff well, and pay on merit. None of our 25 staff is paid the minimum wage; many earn significantly more. We decide the value of our staff; we don't need trade unions to help us with that.