Wellington City has taken another big step towards becoming New Zealand’s first Living Wage council.
If councillors vote to support the Living Wage on 18 April, the draft annual plan will include the commitment to lift the council’s minimum pay rate to the official NZ Living Wage rate in July and a commitment to a staged implementation of the Living Wage on relevant contracts for regular and ongoing core services, with cleaning contracts as a priority in the next 12 months. WCC will seek to obtain Living Wage accreditation within the triennium. This proposal has the strong support of the Mayor and majority of councilors. We’re not there yet, but this will be a significant victory for our Movement and will transform the lives of many low paid workers and their families. The final plan will be voted for in June.
Do you live in Porirua or Lower Hutt? Make a submission on your local Annual Plan and support the Living Wage for all council workers by going to our special online submission website: www.livingwageaction.org.nz.
Living Wage Auckland signs up 2000
Living Wage Auckland spread its wings across the city to sign up 2000 locals to say "YES" to a Living Wage at Auckland Council as the Annual Plan consultation got underway for 2017.
For the first time under the leadership of Mayor Phil Goff there has been majority support for paying all workers at Auckland Council and in its CCOs no less than the Living Wage. The next step is to ensure this extends to contracted workers or the Movement says the job is not done. The last thing we want is to incentivise contracting out because it becomes a cheap option to save money. In the meantime, join the growing team on June 1 at the Council Chambers to give support to our pro-Living Wage councillors and record the position of those opposed.
AROUND THE COUNTRY networks gather to oppose "sunshine wages" in Nelson with a BBQ for King Salmon Workers campaigning for a Living Wage (left Rachel Boyack and community organiser Christine Irvine) while Closing the Gap (led by Peter Malcolm above right) hosts a Living Wage meeting as they take a stand against "$10 Tauranga" wages.
Porirua community turns out to Council
There was a huge turnout from the Porirua City community on 29 March to support a delegation of local speakers. The speakers issued a strong call for Porirua City Council to include the Living Wage in this year's annual plan and build on the good first step taken last year. Mayor Mike Tana meet the group of around 50 supporters before the meeting and reconfirmed his personal support. Living Wage Porirua are have begun to collect submissions on the annual plan.
A pleasant surprise at Hutt City Council
When Hutt City Council met to consider the Living Wage in early March the outcome was not the step forward the community expected. There was an outcry on local social media from community members who felt the Mayor has not lived up to campaign promises on the Living Wage and a group of community leaders met the Mayor and CEO to find a way forward. Living Wage Hutt Valley packed out a subsequent council meeting on 14 March and councillors voted 10/3 to support the Living Wage, to ask the CEO to work on a remuneration policy which includes the Living Wage and to work with Living Wage Hutt Valley to investigate extending the Living Wage to workers employed via contractors.
Nominations called for Accreditation Advisory Board
Owing to one resignation and one pending retirement, the Living Wage Movement is calling for nominations for two union positions on the Accreditation Advisory Board. This Board has the important task of overseeing and approving the new businesses that sign up to become Living Wage Employers. It reports to the National Governance Committee. The Board consists of two representatives from each of the three streams: community, union, and faith-based groups, along with one employer representative. Please email nominations to email@example.com.
It's not every day the talented, rich and famous put a hand up to support low paid Kiwi workers. But it has just happened thanks to Living Wage Wellington grabbing an opportunity when US blues singer song writer, musician and activist, Bonnie Raitt came to town.
Not only was there a Living Wage stall sanctioned by the diva but she gave a big shout out to our campaigners during her concert.
Living Wage Employer numbers on the rise
St. Andrews on The Terrace is the latest organisation to join the steadily growing ranks of Living Wage Employers in Aotearoa, walking the talk on their belief in social justice and social equity. However, they won't be the latest for long, a number of licenses were awarded by the Accreditation Advisory Board when they met last week, and several more are in the pipeline. Watch this space!
The Living Wage Employer Trademarks - Logo and Wordmark (Living Wage Employer) - are awarded by the Accreditation Advisory Board of the Living Wage Movement. Only employers licensed by the Board can use the marks without breaching copyright. Check out #TheRealDeal Living Wage Employers here.
If your organisation is interested in becoming a Living Wage Employer you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or find out more information about accreditation on the Living Wage website.
"The Toolkit is the product of a year long project testing the operational strategies that support higher paid, higher skilled jobs in retail through a series of innovative workplace pilots with major retailers, with advice and input from KPMG and Living Wage employers across different sectors."