Continuing my commemoration of Campbell Live’s commitment to serious investigative reporting of New Zealand current affairs, instead of watching goddamned Road Cops. Tonight: remembering how John Campbell and the team put a spotlight zero-hour contracts and helped push the government to promise change.
The minimum wage in New Zealand is $14.25 per hour, which really isn’t a lot.
Campbell Live has always advocated for higher worker wages – we support the living wage and the employers who offer it.
Today, a new living wage was announced – it’s now $19.25. It’s the amount per hour an employee needs to earn to keep their head above water.
But there’s an entire industry in New Zealand paying minimum wage and less, because the workers they employ don’t even work a full week.
It’s called a zero-hour contract, and as an employee, you are called upon to work whenever required. That means if you’re not required, you don’t get paid that week – so how do these people survive?
Check out Campbell Live’s coverage of the GCSB and Kim Dotcom stories on the TV3 website, while we still can.