The Taxpayers’ Union has a simple way to reduce strikes:
Implementing tax relief would relieve the pressure of low take-home pay and resolve much of the current industrial action, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “It’s understandable that junior doctors and the Wellington bus drivers feel under pressure – no Government has delivered a tax cut since the 2010 Budget. If the Government delivered tax cuts, take-home pay would increase and workers would feel welcome reprieve.”
“Tax cuts would help all workers. The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on our union allies to help back collective action for tax cuts. Acting together, the union movement could put pressure on the Government to boost pay for everyone and end the pressure of industrial action on our heath and transport sectors.”
The Government surplus is running ahead of forecasts which means it’s taking more tax than it needs.
Tax cuts would boost take home pay for workers and increase pensions which are based on after-tax income.
The government should be letting us all keep more of our own money.
It should throw out whatever suggestions the Tax Working Group has for introducing any new taxes – especially a Capital Gains Tax.
It should end wasteful spending.
And if it can’t bring itself to cut taxes, at the very least t should increase tax thresholds so modest pay rises don’t push people into higher tax brackets.