Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders

New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages.

“It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few.

“The economy should work for people, not the other way around. I will campaign for reform to monetary policy, savings and the tax system to ensure a fair go for all, with people put first. We will be strong advocates for investment in industries that will provide the well-paying jobs of the future.

“I will hold Bill English and National to account on supporting our productive and export sectors to deliver a better standard of living for our people.

“We need to strengthen and diversify our economy, not just satisfy ourselves with managing the shop.

“We must also face the major economic issues of the coming decades and establish a sustainable economy that goes hand in hand with protecting and enhancing our environment and addressing climate change.

“As a country we need a plan to address the changing nature of work. Technological changes mean that work as we know it today for many people will not exist in the decades to come.  At the moment the National Government is doing precious little to prepare New Zealand to address these issues.

“National made big promises to New Zealanders that their wages would rise, the books would be in surplus and exports would increase. They are struggling on all counts, and already different stories are emerging from John Key and Bill English. I will hold them to account,” says Grant Robertson.