Come and join us on Tuesday 15th Dec at 12.30pm to sing Christmas Carols for our Wellington City Council cleaners, and to call for them all to be paid a Living Wage. Some of the St Andrews Singers will lead us in song, and Deputy Mayor Justin Lester will be hosting us. Wear a Living Wage t-shirt (or red, if you don't have one) and lend your voice for our wonderful cleaners this Christmas.https://www.facebook.com/events/600010273482372/
Songs for the Movement
The event to celebrate the solidarity of songs and singers, held as a fundraiser for Living Wage Auckland, in partnership with the Fabian Society, The Auckland Labour History Group and the Working Women's Resource Centre, was a wonderful evening of music, food, fine company and successful fundraising. The glorious music to the 80+ attendees was delivered by Tess, Reb and Alice (top left), Karen Hunter, Union Maid (bottom right), Lake South, Otis Mace and Cat Tunks. Living Wage volunteers prepare food: Ryan Yukich and Keir Church bottom left.
Porirua Living Wage Delegation Comes Together
A delegation of community leaders from Porirua City will go to Porirua City Council on 16 December to call on the council to become a Living Wage council. The delegation includes local faith, community and union leaders. Supporters are organising to back the delegation. Supporters are meeting outside Porirua City Council, 5.15pm, 16 December.
Auckland Living Wage Plan for Elections 2016
32 people from member organisations across Auckland attended the Living Wage Network meeting last week eager to begin planning the campaign to deliver a Living Wage to directly employed and contracted workers at Auckland Council. It was also an opportunity for members to meet the new Community Organiser, Cissy Rock, and to share events and progress on the Living Wage from within their own organisations. (Rev Dr Susan Adams from St Matthew in the City and Jo'dan Pailate from AAAP report back to group on priorities for tackling poverty.) If your organisation would like to become a member you can join via the website www.livingwage.org.nzor email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington Living Wage builds hubs for 2016
After three years of meeting regularly at St Andrews Church as the Living Wage Wellington Network, so many grassroots Living Wage hubs have grown across the Wellington region that we are changing the way we meet. Next year the Living Wage community across the Wellington Region will build power around hubs in the Hutt Valley, Porirua, Newtown, Victoria University and Wellington City. Two or three times a year we will come together as a broader network. A Hui is planned for March, which will include the Wellington Regional AGM, where each stream (of the faith, community and union groups) decides who will represent them on the Local Board.
Leadership Training a Huge Success
20 participants from faith and community groups and unions got together at Tatum Park for five days training in Building Power in the Community in late November. The training, led by Sister Maribeth Larkin (pictures lower left) from the Industrial Areas Foundation, was a huge success and next year’s training is already planned for August 2016. The participants, who came from Palmerston North, Porirua, Hutt Valley and Wellington, learnt the skills of building power through relational organising.
Living Wage Backs Hikoi for Homes
Living Wage Wellington activist Paul Barber, from member organisations NZCCSS and St Andrews Church, was one of the speakers at the Wellington Hikoi for Homes event organised by CPAG in November. Paul made the connection between low incomes and unhealthy and unaffordable housing and called for the Living Wage as one of the solutions to the current housing crisis.
In Auckland, Living Wage members marched while others worked on the barbeque delivering much appreciated hot food to wet but willing walkers who joined the call across the country for affordable healthy homes.
Living Wage a growing force in Auckland West
Faith, Union and Community Groups were all represented at a very upbeat meeting in West Auckland recently. Members shared information about work on the Living Wage within their own organisations and also looked at how they could work together in the campaign for a Living Wage at Auckland Council at next year's elections.
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