“The Government has shown once again how little it understands the pressures business is facing by signalling there will be more increases to the minimum wage,” says ACT’s Small Business spokesperson Chris Baillie.
“In answer to questions in Parliament from ACT Leader David Seymour about the rising cost of living, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said he looked forward to the “support for any upcoming minimum wage increases.”
“Instead of heaping more costs onto business when costs are skyrocketing, Robertson should start looking at his Government's policies that are causing the rises.
“Wages can’t improve if businesses can’t make a profit. The Labour Government has continually introduced legislation that makes it harder to be profitable, and in many cases to just stay in business. Whether it’s minimum wage increases, compulsory unionism by stealth, more sick leave or another statutory holiday.
“The Government needs to stop pandering to the unions, reassess its agenda, and think of the New Zealand public. If business is doing well, the whole country will do well.
“ACT would put a moratorium on minimum wage increases. It’s simply unaffordable and businesses need certainty now more than ever.”
Getting the balance right with youth crime
“ACT would introduce instant, practical penalties for young people caught shoplifting, stopping rookie offenders before they escalate to more serious offending,” says former Youth Aid Police officer and ACT’s Police spokesperson Chris Baillie.
More ram raids than businesses accessing fund
“More businesses are being hit by ram raids nightly than benefitting from the Government’s $6 million fund for vulnerable small retailers,” says ACT’s Police spokesperson Chris Baillie.
ACT urges Tāmati Coffey & Labour to back Easter Trading Bill
ACT’s Small Business spokesperson and bar owner Chris Baillie is appealing to Tāmati Coffey to talk to the Labour caucus about the realities of being a bar owner.