Your View: Starting-out wage for young workers


After much discussion about the living wage, the starting-out wage for young workers is also back in the news.

The Minimum Wage (Starting-Out Wage) Amendment Bill essentially proposes a youth minimum wage. It provides for eligible 16-to-19-year-olds to be paid no less than 80 per cent of the minimum wage.

Is this fair, or not? What do you think?

Will it give employers an incentive to take on young and inexperienced workers so they can gain work experience?

Or do you believe in the "same work - same pay" principle?

Maybe you think that paying a young person less will take hours and jobs away from other workers?

Do you have other suggestions about how to tackle the problem of youth unemployment?

Tell us what you think, and vote in the poll.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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