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Wellington City Council Takes another Step Forward

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Living Wage supporters packed out ward forums on the long term plan

Wellington Council Takes another Step Forward

Wellington City Councillors have voted 9-5 for a resolution moving them another step forward towards becoming New Zealand’s first Living Wage Council. Councillors supported a motion to include $750,000 in the Council’s Long Term Plan for extending the Living Wage to workers employed by contractors from 2016. This follows three successful resolutions since June 2013 supporting in principle becoming a Living Wage council.  
The resolution came to Council after a two-month campaign, which mobilised hundreds of Living Wage supporters in faith and community organisations and unions calling for Wellington City Council’s commitment to the Living Wage to be included in the Long Term Plan. Supporters packed out local ward forums, wrote hundreds of submissions, turned up en-masse at the opening of LTP hearings and made over 20 oral submissions.
Providing the funding is just a start and it will require a lot of work to move the workers employed by contractors to the Living Wage. We have a very long way to go before we achieve our goal of winning the Living Wage for all workers at Wellington City Council. Living Wage Wellington will be organising to mobilise our communities to demonstrate support every step of the way — starting with a ‘Mop March’ to the Council on 24 June.  
 

A Mop March to back workers


A Mop March will provide an opportunity for Wellingtonians to back the cleaners and other low-paid council workers, who provide essential services like recycling and who keep the city clean and safe. 
Undoubtedly the most powerful submission on Wellington’s Long Term plan came from two council cleaners.  Angela Toa and Harris Pei courageously told their stories to councillors who were visibly moved. Angela and Harris told councillors how hard it is to get by on a cleaner’s wage in the capital city and described the daily struggle for them and their co-workers as parents. 
 

Palmerston North Living Wage Meeting

 
Local networks build power in the Wellington region

The number of active local networks across the Wellington region continues to increase, with recent initial meetings at Palmerston North and the Hutt Valley.
The Newtown and Porirua networks have been involved in training and planning and there is an active Living Wage network focussed on building support at Victoria University.  The Porirua Living Wage network is planning a community launch on 6 August at the PIC Church in Cannons Creek.
 

Living Wage Porirua is planning a launch

On July 1st  there will be an announcement of the 2015 Living Wage Employers and a celebratory event - keep an ear out as details will be available shortly.
 

Newton Living Wage Team have been training and building support

Want to learn about successful action? Come along to the next community training on Wednesday June 24th,5-8 (with soup) at 35 George St, Kingsland, Auckland.

Christchurch Living Wage campaigners up early and building momentum at the university. Congratulations!
Auckland Living Wage community organiser, Diana Yukich, at the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition stakeholder evening. It was a celebration of the growth and resilience of this amazing group that is an active member of Living Wage Aotearoa.

Auckland Living Wage Training A Huge Success

Participants of the successful Living Wage training sessions held for Auckland Network members on the last Wednesday of the month. The Auckland Living Wage residential training is booked for the week beginning the 19th October at Vaughan Park.  Registration forms will be available soon.