Unions are calling for the government to do more to create jobs
after figures released today showed a jump in unemployment.
Council of Trade Unions secretary Peter Conway said unemployment
appeared to be stuck at a high rate and the Government needed to
act to create jobs.
"The government cannot simply sit back and rely on the Rugby
World Cup and rebuilding due to the Christchurch earthquake to
National Distribution Union president Robert Reid also
criticised the lack of action from the Government.
"By sitting on the sidelines the government is contributing to
unemployment levels remaining high," Reid said.
"The New Zealand economy needs more stimulus measures to ensure
that job growth occurs.
"An increase in the minimum wage to $15 needs to be a core part
of that stimulus."