Wellington Chamber of Commerce tries to block Living Wage
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has announced they will take legal action to try and stop the council paying low-paid security guards employed via contractors the Living Wage. The step towards becoming a Living Wage council was voted for 9-6 by councillors last week and was overwhelmingly supported when it went out for consultation in the 2014 Annual Plan process.
“The Chamber seems determined to do everything they can to keep these workers on poverty rates, ignore the overwhelming support of Wellingtonians for the Living Wage and to spend a lot of money on pointless litigation,” said Living Wage Wellington spokesperson Reverend Brian Dawson.
“Councillors should be applauded for wanting to provide the best services to the people of Wellington, and not just because it’s the right thing to do. There is plenty of international evidence showing that paying the Living Wage leads to more productive workers, higher morale and lower turnover.”
Auckland Living Wage Network Meeting
Date: Thursday 26th November Time: 12 - 2pm (a light lunch will be provided) Where: LW Office, 35 George Street, Kingsland RSVP: email@example.com
LWMANZ welcomes Cissy Rock to the role of Community Organiser in Auckland. Cissy brings a wealth of experience to the position having worked with local communities and local government for 15+ years. She is a passionate agent for change, combining systemic thinking with flax roots doing – she is committed to ensuring voice and visibility of our communities. Cissy begins her new role on 10th December.
Songs for the Movement
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a ticket for yourself or a table for your organisation to attend this wonderful fundraising evening of music and solidarity (see poster below). The supper provided is inspired by Mexican cuisine.
Community Action for a Living Wage at the Selwyn Foundation
The Coalition of Selwyn Supporters (above) gathered for an action outside the gates of Selwyn Village in Pt. Chevalier on Saturday 31st October. The group comprising residents, their families, locals, Grey Power Auckland, Living Wage members and workers are continuing their call to the Selwyn Foundation to pay a Living Wage to their directly employed and contracted workers. The Coalition want the Foundation to commit to a strategic plan for implementation and are seeking dialogue with the Foundation Board to put their case.
Hutt Valley in good heart
The Living Wage movement is really taking off in the Hutt Valley. A group of community, faith and union supporters met this week and agreed to work together and build a strong grassroots Living Wage hub in the Hutt and organise a large community meeting early next year. Two week old Iris attended with her mum, local Living Wage activist, Maire Christeller. The Living Wage movement is about providing a better future for our kids.
Progress in Porirua
Arrangements are underway to take a delegation of community leaders to Porirua City Council on 16 December to ask the council to commit to becoming a Living Wage council. In August the Porirua Mayor, Nick Leggett, attended a local Living Wage launch event and, before 200 people attending, signed on to get active in making Porirua a Living Wage city.
Artists for a Living Wage
Around 40 local musicians, performers, writers and supporters met in Welllington this week to start talking about the power of creative support for our movement. As well as exploring how artists could support with the Living Wage movement, the group looked at some of the issues artist face with earning a Living Wage. The next step is to have a strong Living Wage performance presence at the biggest community event in New Zealand — The Newtown Festival in March.
"It matters to me to be a living wage employer because it's the right and ethical thing to do as an employer. Employers need to see workers as an investment and the living wage is in my view the starting place for demonstrating respect for the contribution of workers. Hopefully it also inspires other companies to do likewise. The Living Wage movement is doing an amazing job for low paid workers. All power to you!"