Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Up to 20 people joined Unite’s “National has no love for workers” protest outside list MP Nicky Wagner’s Christchurch office on Saturday February 13. The protest was part of a national day of action. The protest bought together many of those who have been actively supporting Unite’s petition to have the minimum wage raised to $15 per hour and pegged to two thirds of the average wage. Following the protest, half a dozen people collected signatures inside the nearby South City shopping mall. Then an informal planning meeting was held. With only a few months to go, and with 150,000 to 200,000 signatures still required, activists agreed to step-up their efforts, with greater coordination between the groups involved. Petition collectors will continue to target large public events, such as concerts, motor sports and sports events, as well as doing more to engage some of the many other groups who have expressed verbal support for the campaign.