Our Stand – Youth Rates

Along with supporting the current Youth Rates initiative put forth through the party, the Young Greens are taking this issue one step further – the protection of all under 16 workers. Not covered by any minimum wage at all; these people find themselves subject to something amounting to a form of slave labour in Aotearoa.

Whatever ones views on whether these young people should be working, they are, and will continue to do so under this economic system that perpetuates consumerism and low-wages for their parents.

We see this situation for under-16 workers as a disgrace, and call for an immediate inclusion of all workers, regardless of age, to be covered by the same minimum wage.