VIDEO: New Zealand PM announces 20% pay cut for herself and all officials to battle COVID-19
Jacinda Arden has lead by example once again!
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has announced that she, along with all of her ministers and public chiefs, would be taking 20% pay cut for the next six months. The announcement came after 20 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country in one single night.
Arden said that the pay cut is a gesture to show that the economic crisis has hit the country as COVID-19 pandemic jams the business activity. She said that to show solidarity with the people who are suffering the economic crunch.
“I absolutely accept this is not going to change the government books but for us, it’s about leadership,” Jacinda said.
“It’s an acknowledgment of the hit many New Zealanders are taking right now.”
How much does she earn?
Jacinda gets a salary of NZ470,000. By endorsing the pay cut, she would forgo $47000 in pay in the year 2020. Following her announcement, the leader of the opposition, National’s Simon Bridges, announced to get a 20% pay cut for himself as well.
This motivated another MP, leader of the ACT New Zealand party David Seymour, who represents one of the wealthiest electorates in the country to propose an idea to table legislation for pay cuts of the entire parliament.
1,386 people have been tested positive for the novel virus in New Zealand so far. Ever since the country was placed under lockdown to contain the spread, 1.5 million Kiwis have signed up for the government’s wage subsidy program.
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