The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have just published their assessment of Jacinda’s decision last year to not go ahead with the annual MP pay rise. It saved the taxpayer $750 000, but beyond the saving, Jacinda’s decision last August to put a freeze on all MPs salaries was the right thing to do.
When we have so many Kiwis struggling to make ends meet on low wages and benefits, the idea of agreeing to politicians automatically gaining a 3% pay rise was wrong. The decision to freeze all MPs wage rises shows the values of this Government and who we are striving to be as leaders and representatives.
I’m proud to be a Minister in a Government where we are prepared to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
Willie Jackson is the Minister for Employment