Living Wage Perched for big wins in councils

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Our campaigners challenge councils
Around the country our networks have been turning up to council annual plan consultation meetings calling for a Living Wage for directly paid and contracted workers: Greymouth, Nelson, Hutt, Porirua, Wellington, Whanganui, Auckland and the Wellington Regional Council.

750 submissions backing Wellington City Council’s Annual Plan Living Wage proposal were presented to the Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, on 16 May.

A large group of security guards, cleaners and parking officers, who will all move to the official Living Wage rate of $20.20 an hour on 1 July if council votes to pass the annual plan on 28 June, were present. Six city councillors also attended the presentation. The draft annual plan includes a proposal to lift all directly-employed staff to the NZ Living Wage and a group of around 60 contracted workers, with cleaners, waste and landfill workers the priority for the next steps.

Over 100 Aucklanders turned up to South Matters, a hui to talk about the big issues for our communities.

South Matters was held at St Anne’s Catholic Church Manurewa the hui gave councillors a chance to speak (above right, Cr Daniel Newman, who was joined by Alf Filipaina and Efeso Collins).

Most importly it was a chance for councillors to hear about the need for decent incomes, and affordable, accessible quality housing, transport and jobs.

A delegation in Greymouth approached the local council calling for a Living Wage – and they are not going away!

Nick Secker, a local resident, spoke of what attracts him to return to Greymouth to work; and Reverend Tim Mora spoke of the morality of the Living Wage.

Big Crowd at Victoria University

Over 250 people packed into the Hub to support the Living Wage at Victoria University on 10 May. Students joined academics and general staff, contracted cleaners and supporters from the wider university community and the Wellington Living Wage Movement.

Speakers included academic Cybèle Locke (pictured below), who said her job depended on all the workers from across the university workforce, who should all be paid a minimum of the Living Wage.

Cleaner, Rebecca Kuach said: “When my children come home from school I’m not home. I worry about my kids, but I have to work. I worry about the bills and whether we’ll have enough for rent, for power, for my children’s shoes and uniforms, school fees and all the things they need.”

Over 2,000 postcards calling for Victoria to become a living wage university were accepted by Assistant Vice Chancellor, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban.

The active networks in Porirua and Hutt cities have been back and back to their councils over the past few months, each time with a large crowd of supporters. Both communities collected hundreds of submissions calling on their council to adopt the Living Wage. Hutt City has now passed a weak resolution but there is a commitment to continuing to work with Living Wage Hutt Valley. Porirua City has yet to vote on the Living Wage.
Whangarei Public Meeting
Join us on the 20th of June

5.30pm to 6.30pm

Christ Church, Whangarei Anglican

2B Kamo Rd, Whangarei

Come along and talk Living Wage

"Love it Here"

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Living Wage welcomes Karori Childcare Centre
Living Wage Employer

Karori childcare centre is a 30-year-old not-for-profit, community-based parent co-operative early childhood centre, licensed for 25 children. The full time staff are qualified and registered teachers and the Centre is a party to the early childhood collective agreement. They have support staff comprised of two teacher’s assistants and one centre cook. Alyssa Inu – Centre Manager and Senior Teacher describes the journey: "In February 2015, I began to advocate for the support staff to be paid a living wage. In July 2015, the governance committee agreed to the cook being paid the living wage. In February, this year we finally received support for the other two in-training teachers to also be paid at this rate, resulting in us being able to become accredited. We feel this recognises the commitment to the children from our staff."

The Living Wage Employer Trademarks

The Living Wage Employer Trademarks – Logo and Wordmark (Living Wage Employer) – are awarded by the Accreditation Advisory Board of the Living Wage Movement. Only employers licensed by the Board can use the marks without breaching copyright. Check out #TheRealDeal Living Wage Employers here.

If your organisation is interested in becoming a Living Wage Employer you can email: accreditation and/or find out more information about accreditation on the Living Wage website.

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