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Zero-hour contracts leave Kiwi families struggling

Tuesday 24 Feb 2015 7:09 p.m.

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The minimum wage in New Zealand is $14.25 per hour, which really isn't a lot.

Campbell Live has always advocated for higher worker wages - we support the living wage and the employers who offer it.

Today, a new living wage was announced - it's now $19.25. It's the amount per hour an employee needs to earn to keep their head above water.

But there's an entire industry in New Zealand paying minimum wage and less, because the workers they employ don't even work a full week.

It's called a zero-hour contract, and as an employee, you are called upon to work whenever required. That means if you're not required, you don't get paid that week – so how do these people survive?

Campbell Live reporter Anna Burns-Francis went to meet a McDonald's employee on a zero-hour contract who is putting her foot down.

Watch the video for the full report.
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