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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Update on SuperSizeMyPay Christchurch public meeting

Venue Change!

The Christchurch public meeting on the SuperSizeMyPay campaign and Sue Bradford's bill to abolish youth rates is now being held at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street.

Over at Span, there is some discussion about whether Labour will vote against the Minimum Wage (Abolition of Age Discrimination) Amendment Bill. I would not be surprised, as I remember Labour being hostile to the idea when Laila Harre advocated the removal of all youth rates, but the Alliance was able to push Labour into removing youth rates for 18 and 19 year olds (the so called 'adult' minimum wage used to kick in at 20).

If Labour votes down the Bradford bill and delays or abandons the introduction of a $12 minimum wage it will be increasingly difficult so called 'Labour lefties' to maintain their party is still a part of the centre-left, let alone the 'left'.

IMHO Labour have not been a party of the left in my lifetime.

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