Employers and workers benefit in first Living Wage businesses
Ethical employers have discovered the benefits of a Living Wage in positive productivity outcomes in recent research on a handful of the first Living Wage Employers in NZ. One employer made the connections between a decent wage and a healthy economy:
"We’re offering a really nice product and if my own employees can’t afford to eat it then that’s not good; its better for us as a business if they can afford to eat there."
At the same time workers have enjoyed levels of participation in their community previously not possible because of low wages. One worker interviewed said:
"I know the burden on my family, like they have things to pay for culturally and it feels good to me to say to my mum “don’t worry about that envelope because I’ve got the money.”
You can see the paper presented to the Population Health Congress at www.livingwage.org.nz under the News section.
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