Taking action and working together to create change, Wellington Living Wage gather to support councillors voting to extend the Living Wage to low paid contract workers.
Wellington City Council makes Living Wage history
A big crowd of Living Wage gathered at Wellington City Council on Wednesday 28th October to support councillors make history by voting to extend the Living Wage to low paid security workers employed via contractors.
That morning the DominionPost published an opinion piece by Max Rashbrooke, clearly showing the Living Wage is affordable.
Councillors came under immense pressure from the Wellington City Council CEO, Kevin Lavery, who advised them to oppose paying the Living Wage to workers employed via contractors and warned of legal action and a budget blowout. Speakers for the Living Wage, including lawyer Peter Cranney and economist Prue Hyman rubbished the claims.
In a courageous move, councillors defied the CEO and voted 9-6 to overturn the officers' recommendation and to award the contract on the basis of the Living Wage. This is a first for New Zealand.
Supporting the Living Wage were: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Clrs Justin Lester, Iona Pannett, Paul Eagle, Sarah Free, David Lee, Mark Peck, Helene Ritchie and Ray Ahipene-Mercer.
Note: 500 Wellington City Council workers have already had a pay rise as a result of our campaign. As part of a staged implementation, the Council has reached $18.55. We expect Council to move to the full Living Wage of $19.25 early next year.
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“Now I believe we can change the world for the better.”
This was the comment of a leader in the Auckland Living Wage residential course held last week for representatives from union, faith, and community groups.
People talked about “the aroha and spirit shared by everyone”, the knowledge and practical application of learning through simulated action, and the art of building power through relationships, in their reflections on the 5-day course.
Led by Sister Maribeth Larkin, a community organiser of 30 years experience from the US Industrial Areas Foundation, the course is part of the leadership programme the Movement prioritises to ensure it grows in strength as a sustainable broad based organisation.
The Living Wage Movement continues to grow. Nelson is the latest area in New Zealand where community, union and faith groups have expressed interest in setting up a local network. Employers in the area have also expressed interest in stepping up to lead the way by paying their workers enough to survive and participate in society. Living Wage met with local employers and enthusiastic councillors inbetween community and whanau gatherings.
Auckland Living Wage Network Meeting Date: Thursday 26th November Time: 12 - 2pm (a light lunch will be provided) Where: Living Wage Office, 35 George Street, Kingsland RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org