A Simple Solution to Over the Top Executive Pay Packets

Acting Labour Party leader David Parker totally calls it when he says no company boss should earn more than the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister earns approximately $500,000 and many would argue that is more than enough. That the average pay packet for CEOs is $1.4 million, certainly indicates that CEO pay rates are out of kilter and in no way related to work performance. Continue reading

Sorry Mr Farrar, We Disagree

Pay rates should primarily be determined by demand and supply – not by legislation, so says prominent blogger David Farrar. This is why he objects to the Employment Court ruling that aged care workers are entitled to equal pay.

It is a point of view that does not sit well with the Alliance Party. Our commitment to the common good means that we believe that everyone is entitled to a liveable income no matter what. In any case for aged care workers, and many other occupations, the supply and demand ship has long since sailed. Continue reading

The Left Don’t Want Leftovers; Or Why Metiria Should Keep Her Jacket!

If anyone still wonders why so many people can’t be bothered to vote, the last few days has probably answered provided the answer. The debate amongst senior politicians over an MP’s dress sense was banal and rude, and from a woman’s perspective, just plain embarrassing. Some of the comments were so mean they would have had teenage girls called immediately to the Principal’s Office.

However it did highlight another issue, the misconception amongst the political right that activist groups and political parties concerned with fighting poverty and inequality, such as the Greens and the Alliance, demand austerity – that we believe that no one should have any fun or treats or own nice things. Continue reading

We Need to Think Big

The relationship between poverty and low educational achievement is complex. Education is a basic human right, and everyone should have access to good schools and tertiary training. But it is an oversimplification to say that the way out of poverty is education. People are poor because they don’t have enough money. The quickest and easiest way out of poverty is to make sure people have enough money to live on. Continue reading

Care Work Is A Career Not Women’s Work Done On The Cheap

The Alliance Party is delighted that things are hotting up in the equal pay for aged care workers campaign. The appeal to the Employment Court ruling is due to be heard at the end of January. Many more workers have come forward and further applications have been lodged with the Employment Relations Authority. According the unions involved, thousands more are expected to join the action in the new year. Continue reading

The Government Should Stop Taking Economic Advice from the McDonald’s Website

“Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash.” is apparently the advice offered on the subject of ‘Digging Out From Holiday Debt’ by McDonald’s McResource Line. McResource Line is a website the company runs to provide its U.S. employees with financial and health-related tips.

It seems the National government has taken their advice to heart, except that it’s not unwanted holiday gifts they are selling off, it’s our essential assets; such as power companies carefully built up by previous generations of taxpaying New Zealanders so that everyone could afford to heat their homes. Continue reading

Work Assessments for the Disabled and People with Medical Conditions: Misguided or Just Plain Mean?

Work and Income’s latest brainchild – work assessments for the disabled and people with medical conditions – is a perfect illustration of this government’s dogged determination to spend public money where it is least needed and starve funding from anything vaguely worthwhile. Continue reading