Milestone for minimum wage campaign
12:00PM Saturday March 29, 2008

The minimum wage will rise to $12 an hour from Tuesday, but unions say they will continue to campaign to lift it to $15 an hour.

The Government announced the rise in December, saying it was meeting its obligation to New Zealand First and the Green Party under their post-election deal.

The change will affect about 140,000 workers and means the minimum 40-hour-week wage would be $480.

The Government has already raised the minimum wage once this term, to $11.25 an hour, which came in on April 1 last year.

Council of Trade Unions (CTU) secretary Carol Beaumont said campaigning to lift low wages was paying off.

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