Labour will back Kiwi workers, businesses and communities. We will put New Zealand on a pathway to a new economy with more jobs and higher wages.
National is taking us down a path to fewer jobs, lower wages and more of our young people seeking better opportunities in Australia.
The gap between the rich and the rest of New Zealand has never been wider – and it’s growing. It’s a lack of well-paid jobs that is sending 1000 Kiwis a week to Australia for better wages.
It’s disappointing that John Key said he would give New Zealanders a reason to stay in New Zealand, and now he’s setting new records of
Kiwis leaving for Australia.
Labour’s plan has concrete steps to create more jobs and better opportunities for New Zealanders.
Convert the dole into a subsidy for employers willing to take on one of the 84,000 young New Zealanders not in work or training as an
Introduce a ‘one in a million’ rule for companies awarded major government contracts to take on one apprentice for every $1 million of taxpayers’ dollars they receive.
Make sure Kiwis have the first crack at jobs by asking businesses to prove they’ve exhausted all options before bringing in workers from overseas.
Support the job-rich manufacturing sector by investing in innovation through a R&D tax credit and giving the Reserve Bank a wider mandate to tackle the high and volatile dollar.
Take the tough decisions on the big issues holding our economy back like expanding KiwiSaver, making Superannuation affordable and reforming the tax system.