“..It is a truth few politicians want to acknowledge.
From the moment they are elected, they are on borrowed time.
In the past 19 years New Zealand has had four Prime Ministers.
Each has temporarily had the keys to the ninth floor of the Beehive on loan from the public of New Zealand. Politicians come and go -
- but over that same 19 years one woman has had uninterrupted access to the Prime Minister’s office.
She is not a household name, but most nights Jaine Ikurere turns up to work at Parliament to clean up after the politicians.
It’s not a job many people would want – and particularly not for $14.60 an hour.
And Jaine is not even at the bottom of the pay scale for cleaners at Parliament.
She’s a supervisor.
Most of her colleagues get just $13.85 an hour – a paltry 35 cents an hour over the minimum wage.
For a forty hour week that works out at just $554 –
- and that is before the Inland Revenue Department takes its slice…”
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