NZ PM Jacinda Ardern, Cabinet slash own salaries by 20% as COVID-19 hits economy

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during an interview with Reuters in Wellington, New Zealand, December 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yiming Woo/Files WELLINGTON: Setting precedent for leaders around the world, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday she and her Cabinet members, as well as top public servants, would be taking “a 20% pay cut for the next six months” in an act of solidarity as the coronavirus pandemic hit global economies and brought a wave of unemployment.

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