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2014 was a triumph for the Living Wage Movement ending with a new network in Porirua, a community meeting to unite South Auckland leaders, in Otara, and a new Governance Committee to provide national leadership of our Movement.

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New Governance Committee for 2015
Our new leaders on board since the AGM, for the national Movement for a Living Wage for 2014 are:  Rev. Jolyon White (Christchurch, Anglican Care); Rev. Brian Dawson (Wellington, St Peters on Willis); Muriel Tunoho (Wellington, Healthcare Aotearoa); Rick Zwaan (Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington University Students Association); John Ryall (Wellington, Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota); Dr Rose Black (Hamilton, Anglican Action); Leonie Morris (Auckland Women's Centre); Robert Reid (Auckland, FIRST Union); Warwick Jones (Auckland, PSA); David Hall (Auckland, Anglican Social Justice Council). Also continuing in their roles Annie Newman, Convenor; Diana Yukich, Secretary; Shirley Zhuang, Treasurer.  Congratulations! 

Auckland AGM and celebration

Faith, Union and Community sector representatives cut the cake at the celebration following the Auckland AGM.    Living Wage volunteer Lucy Stewart organised the event to celebrate our supporters, volunteers and newly accredited Living Wage Employers.  Volunteers included Diana Yukich, Leah Foxcroft, Susan Adams, Alicia Heremaia, Sophia Blair.  Supporters acknowledged included Barry Lee (auditing), Jason Fell and Leah Foxcroft (photography), Kevin Church for printing (Opticmix), Crescendo Trust for music, Shirley Zhuang and Marina Kokanovic for financial support, and MC of the night, Joseph Liava'a. Pictured above from left Barbara Wyeth (SFWU president), Dr Rose Black (Anglican Action), and Clay Nelson (Unitarian Church).

The Real Deal

Employers displaying the Living Wage Employers trade mark have signed a license that  affirms all employees and contracted workers delivering services on a regular and ongoing basis are paid a Living Wage; that there have been no reductions in terms or conditions in order to deliver the Living Wage and that their workplace has given access to a Union. Find out more about our 31 new Living Wage Employers: http://www.livingwage.org.nz

Successful training for new leaders for a Living Wage

Over 40 leaders joined two 4-day residential courses in Auckland and Tatum Park, Otaki (pictured above) to build their capacity as leaders for a Living Wage.  Commenting on the reason for participating, one leader said: "Living Wage has presented an exciting local activism opportunity, where I live, that I am really enthusiastic about."

Learning about relational organising, power analysis, and effective actions these committed Living Wage campaigners will add strength to the growing networks in Porirua, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington, South Auckland, West Auckland and the former refugee and migrant communities.

The training is central to building a sustainable broad-based Movement for change uniting faith, community and union leaders around a common goal to reduce poverty and inequality. As one participant said "bringing diverse individuals together representing organisations is a powerful model."
 

AUCKLAND FUNDRAISER
 
Please contribute to a Christmas hamper raffle by Friday 5 December. Deliver your green or red gift for the Christmas cup-of-tea hamper to 35 George St, Kingsland, Auckland c/o Diana Yukich.

South Auckland leaders for a Living Wage plan the next steps

On November 7 80 leaders from South Auckland unions, faith groups and community organisations gathered to talk about what mattered to them in their communities in relation to the Living Wage.  Their concerns expressed the critical issues of these communities. 
 

  • supporting the family and being able to pay the bills
  • having time to participate in community and family life
  • provide quality food
  • accessing affordable health care and education opportunities
  • living in stable, affordable warm homes, and
  • having improved life outcomes and reduced stress
Now leaders will gather to talk about the next steps in building support around these issues through the Auckland Council and in the catchment area of the Southern Initiative i.e. the Airport.
 

Last month Auckland University Living Wage activists planned and carried out a rally to raise the profile of the Living Wage on campus.  Congratulations Ross Webb and Jennifer Frost and all the supporters who worked with you to ensure the Living Wage remains on the agenda at Auckland University.

A delegation of 25 communities associated with AUT and led by Living Wage Local Board member Rev. Dr Susan Adams (third from left) challenged the Vice Chancellor, Derek McCormack to ensure the new tender for cleaning services delivers a Living Wage to the lowest paid workers at the university.