Government increases minimum wage

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The New Zealand government has increased the minimum wage.

Those affected will receive a $1.20-an-hour increase in their pay. This means the minimum wage increases from $17.70 to $18.90.

Economic experts believe the increase will benefit around 250,000 New Zealand workers.

However, some business owners have criticised the move as many are struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19. Many businesses had called for a delay in the law.

However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern argued against delaying the minimum wage increase. “We have to keep in mind that what we need people to keep doing is continue to spend and consume,” Ardern said.

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