Teen workers earn right to adult pay with law change
5:00AM Thursday September 06, 2007

Workers aged 16 and 17 will earn the adult minimum wage once they have been in the job three months or worked 200 hours under a law change yesterday.

Currently, those under 18 must be paid 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage. But that will change from April 1 after Green MP Sue Bradford's Minimum Wage (New Entrants) Amendment Bill was passed.

Labour, New Zealand First, United Future, the Progressive Party and independent MP Taito Phillip Field voted with the Greens' six MPs to pass Ms Bradford's bill.

National, the Maori Party, ACT and independent MP Gordon Copeland voted against the legislation.

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