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The Living Wage for fruit picking has been increased to $22.10 per hour. The Council of Trade Unions is welcoming today’s announcement by Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
2,000 people from the pacific are being flown to New Zealand to pick seasonal fruit.
“This decision sets an important precedent for employers who complain of labour shortages. Employers, regardless of industry, must do their bit to raise wages and conditions to attract people to work,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.
“Paying the living wage must become the new minimum standard for all industries and especially those with labour shortages. If businesses want to employ temporary migrants, they must commit to raising wages and standards of decent work for all the people they employ,” said Wagstaff.