Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Any excuse for class warfare

The government's reaction so far to the pandemic has been what you'd expect: trying to contain it, and trying to ease the economic effects. The National Party's response? class warfare:

National is urging the Government to defer the minimum wage increase on 1 April in light of growing economic uncertainty due to coronavirus, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says.

“Businesses are facing substantial cost increases when the minimum wage goes up on 1 April. With many industries already feeling the pain of the coronavirus outbreak, this additional cost will hit them hard.

“We are urging the Government to defer the increase for six months while we reassess its affordability during this fast-developing economic situation.

Of course, they were demanding this before the pandemic became a real threat as well, which shows you that it is just an excuse. For National, the policy is keeping the poor poor and the rich rich, no matter what the circumstances.