HYPOCRITICAL WELLINGTON COUNCILLORS NOT PAYING STAFF LIVING WAGE
13 DECEMBER 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Responding to the Dominion Post report regarding at least one Wellington City Councillor who voted on Tuesday to implement a living wage for the Council from 1 January 2014, not paying a living wage to his own employees, Jordan Williams, of the Taxpayers’ Union says:
“Some councillors supported charging ratepayers more to pay a living wage for council employees when they won’t do the same for their own staff.”
“In the case of Cr Mark Peck his reported comments suggest that he can afford to pay his hospitality staff a living wage but just ‘won’t’.”
“That is shameful. He is happy for Wellington ratepayers, including those living in poverty, to pay more for something he doesn't see the value of.”
“It’s a case of hypocritical politicians spending other people’s money on something they won’t. So much for Cr Peck being a steward of ratepayers’ money.”
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