工资涨幅可怜――还不到通货膨胀率的一半

工党财经事务发言人 大卫康利夫 Hon David Cunliffe

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新西兰人工资的涨幅远远落后于通货膨胀的速度,老百姓挣扎度日,一天比一天更艰难。

5月3日统计局公布的数据显示国人薪水到3月份上一财政年度末为止只涨1.9%。

这比起4.5%的通胀率是太低了。而这意味着太多的新西兰家庭在捉襟见肘地过日子。

情况本来不必这么糟。2008年9月之前工党执政时,当年员工工资的最高涨幅曾达4%。和现在的1.9%形成鲜明对比。

如今在新西兰只有那些公司的CEO们过得好,去年他们都得到大幅加薪,平均薪资涨了20万纽元,基本等于约翰基付给他那些有钱的伙计们的超出我国承受力的庞大减税的总额。

看样子,国家党才不在乎绝大多数中低收入的新西兰人面对物价飞涨正不知所措–比如,和两年前相比,现在每公升汽油涨了87仙。

一般家庭一周用掉汽油24公升。工资属于平均水平的全职员工过去两年里所涨薪资的一半都要花在汽油费上。

这还不算。再加上看医生的费用上涨,食品价格和电费的飙升,小孩子的幼儿园费用也在涨–除非你真的是从约翰基为他的富人伙伴的慷慨减税中得了好处,否则你的生活只会被越来越深地拖入绝境,很难看到出路。

因为行动党新党魁唐布拉什势必向基/布拉什联合政府大力施加极右影响,我国中低收入阶层将面临更严酷的打压。

我们知道唐布拉什代表的是什么。工党一定会奋战到底–不让毁灭我们国家的计划得逞。

David  Cunliffe
Finance Spokesperson

3 May 2011                                                                    MEDIA STATEMENT
Wage growth less than half inflation rate

Wage growth is lagging well behind the rate of inflation as Kiwis struggle increasingly desperately to cope with the cost of living, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe said today.

“Figures released today by the Department of Statistics show that wages increased just 1.9 per cent in the year to the end of March,” David Cunliffe said.

“That is less than half the 4.5 per cent rate of inflation. That means real hardship for too many Kiwi families.

“It does not have to be like this,” David Cunliffe said. “The 1.9 per cent figure compares with a peak of 4 per cent in the year to September 2008, the last full year Labour was in government.

“The only people currently doing well in New Zealand are those like chief executives who have had massive pay increases in the past year, an average rise of $200,000, as well as getting the huge and unaffordable tax cuts John Key doled out to his rich mates.

“It seems that National doesn’t care about the majority of low to middle income New Zealanders who are now bewildered about how they can cope with price increases like the 87 cents a litre extra they are paying for petrol compared to two years ago,” David Cunliffe said.

“The average household consumes 24 litres of petrol a week. Full-time workers on the average wage are now losing half the wage increases they’ve gained in the past two years just to pay for petrol.

“You can add to that higher doctors’ bills, skyrocketing food and power bills, ballooning ECE fees — unless you’re really creaming it thanks to John Key’s tax largesse for his mates, then the chances are you will be sinking more and more deeply into a mire from which it is difficult to see any way out,” David Cunliffe said.

“Times are about to get even tougher for low and middle-income Kiwis as ACT leader Don Brash exerts his far-right influence on the Brash-Key government.

“We know what Don Brash stands for. Labour will fight tooth and nail against an agenda that will devastate our country

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