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Corporate NZ invited to be Living Wage


ANZ made a profit of $1.2billion in 2012-13 (up 8%) and yet their cleaners are on wages just above the Minimum Wage. Time to step up!

Living Wage Aotearoa has contacted 42 top corporates in New Zealand to invite them to pay a Living Wage to all workers and become accredited like the small to medium enterprises that have come on board in the last few months.

Oxfam and Waitakere Union Health Centre are among the organisations that will be celebrated on July 1 when we announce the inaugural Living Wage Employers 2014-15. 

Shouldn't corporate New Zealand be joining them?  PWC, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Fonterra, Land Corp, PGG Wrightson, Chen Palmer, Westpac, BNZ, Kiwi Bank, TSB, NZX, Telecom, Vodafone,2 Degrees, Chorus, Bell Gully, Chapman Tripp, Silver Fern Farms, to name a few of those contacted.

Do you know ethical employers that may want to become accredited?  For more information go to www.livingwage.org.nz

 

MPs on the stand at community election events
 

Former refugee and migrant groups and the Living Wage Movement will tell the stories of their communities and present solutions to their burning issues at an election forum on July 12 at the Migrant Action Trust.  Issues under the spotlight are: Living Wage; transition from university to work; international students, safe and ethnically appropriate housing for the elderly, exploitation of work visa holders and ethnically-based support for former refugees.

Other election events to look out for are Tick for Kids, and events organised by Anglican, Catholic and combined Pitt St Methodist and St Matthew-in-the-City churches in Auckland.

Crescendo Trust sing for a Living Wage

Living Wage supporter, Crescendo Trust, an organisation that mentors young musicians, provided performers at West Fest for a Living Wage and a window into the event on film.  You can watch the YouTube clip on our website www.livingwage.org.nz
 

Kings cleaners risk losing Living Wage
 

 

Kings College cleaners last year won an agreement to move toward a Living Wage by 2014. Sadly, the College now proposes to contract them out which will put at risk the chance for these workers to earn a decent income.  Most of the cleaners have worked there for many years in stable jobs that have become a rarity in the industry.  The Anglican college has stated that it is not a financial issue but they say they are in the business of education and not cleaning services.  The cleaners were joined by teachers and other community leaders this week to ensure their voices were heard. You can support these cleaners to preserve their progress to a Living Wage by going to their Facebook page: Care for Cleaners at Kings College.

Volunteers Week is a good time to acknowledge our growing list of active volunteers.  Just starting with us is Susan Adams, a retired Anglican priest; Leah Foxcroft, formerly an AUT student (in Auckland); and Muriel Tunoho in Wellington.

In November leaders for a Living Wage will have the chance to attend a 4-day residential programme in either Palmerston North or Auckland. Your organisation will need to be a Member of Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ.  Let us know if you are keen.  info@livingwage.org.nz

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