From the I file labelled, 'See, I Told You' comes this news: "Supermarket employers have been advised not to hire junior staff ahead of minimum wage legislation coming into force next April," says a Picton supermarket owner.
Picton Supervalue owner Casy Smits [said] that at a meeting Christchurch Progressive Enterprises had advised its supermarkets to stop employing junior staff because of increased pay rates. The Minimum Wage (New Entrants) Amendment Bill allows a qualifying period of three months or 200 hours work for 16 and 17-year-olds who will then move on to the adult minimum wage. Smits said they were talking about pay rates of $13.60 an hour. "A 16-year-old is going to get nearly $14 an hour -- my checkout staff at the moment get about $12 an hour," Smits said.
Nothing like ensuring youngsters are kept off the ladder to employment altogether, is there.
The really sad thing is that there is nothing prescient in predicting this stuff. It's just basic common sense. Shame introducing and agitating for it wasn't. Take a bow Laila Harre, Matt McCarten, Sue Bradford and their various paid apologists around the traps*. I hope you feel proud.
*One of these paid apologists, Tane Wilton of the EPMU, told me back in August, "Peter, I'm amazed you lot keep trotting out the tired old line that increasing minimum wage rates necessarily leads to unemployment. If done sensibly, this is demonstrably false..." Not just false, but demonstrably false. Well done, Tane. You get an 'F.'