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The Living Wage is on the agenda at this election. Candidates have been challenged by migrants and former refugees and by Anglican and Methodist churches.  Candidates have been asked if their parties will support a Living Wage in the public sector for both employees and regular contracted workers. An incoming Government has the power to deliver this by ensuring its own employees and contracted workers earn enough to survive and participate in society.  Currently they do not.  A new Government can to set whole new standards for public and private businesses nationwide.  These parties said YES: Labour, Greens, NZ First, Internet Mana and Maori.  Make your vote count for a Living Wage.  Vote today or anytime until September 20 - but VOTE!
 

Workers like Fofoa Tufi and her daughter, Lima depend on the wages of a cleaning job to survive.  Cleaning jobs are often contracted out by businesses/organisations and under the criteria to become accredited as a Living Wage Employer businesses must ensure that contracted workers like Fofoa are paid a Living Wage.  We do get asked by employers if having contracted workers is an impediment to accreditation.  The answer is no.  All employers that procure services have the power to negotiate terms into the contract that ensure that workers employed under that contract are paid a Living Wage.  The Living Wage Movement has produced an FAQ that covers Contracts for Service and the Living Wage or you can email us at info@livingwage.org.nz with your query.
 

Call for Auckland Local Boards to advocate for a Living Wage

Twelve Local Boards have received Living Wage deputations calling for active promotion of the Living Wage in local businesses in order to ensure that people in our local communities are not living in poverty. We want Auckland Council to take a lead from Wellington City Council and begin the journey to a Living Wage so our public money is spent wisely and is not generating more poverty.  It is not enough that the Mayor Len Brown supports a Living Wage.  Councillors, such as Linda Cooper, who said she would support a Living Wage before the last election and then reneged on her commitment, must step up and advocate for a Living Wage if their communities are to thrive.  They have the power to make a difference to the lives upon whom they depend to re-elect them to the Council.
(Pictured above Kaipatiki delegation Rev. Clay Nelson (Unitarian Church), Ros Hiini (Working Women's Resource Centre), Wende Jowse (North Shore Living Wage volunteer), Ofa Ta'ufo'ou (SFWU).
 

Join the hikoi to end child poverty

Come along to the hikoi to end child poverty.  Join the Living Wage contingent and support Living Wage volunteer, Alicia Heremaia speak about bringing up a family on low wages. The hikoi brings together groups across civil society that share a common concern about the lack of a programme to reduce poverty and the inequality of income for those in paid and unpaid work. Meet at 10.45 Britomart.
 

We feature Living Wage employer and movement member, The Auckland Women's Centre. The Centre is a community house for women. They provide a friendly meeting place for all women and offer a range of courses and services provided by women in a women-only environment.
The services and courses serve the community in ways which respect and empower women.  They have a great Women’s Library that you can join, courses, workshops and support groups you can attend and a range of low cost services. For more information about the Centre and what it offers click here.  For information about Living Wage Employers in New Zealand go to  www.livingwage.org.nz.
 

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