A Living Wage is the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life. A Living Wage will enable workers to live with dignity and to participate as active citizens in society.
The recalculated Living Wage hourly rate for 2017, which comes into effect on July 1, is set at $20.20 per hour. This is an increase of 40 cents on the 2016/17 rate of $19.80 and is in line with the average movement in wages. The rate is set by the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit in the Hutt Valley led by Charles Waldegrave, who says:
"This figure sits modestly at 68 percent of the average hourly earnings in New Zealand ($29.62) for the same quarter. The QES does not provide median hourly earnings. The redeveloped Household Labour Force Survey showed the NZ Living Wage to be 86 percent of median hourly earnings from wages and salaries ($23.49)."
Support the Living Wage Movement in Auckland by joining our Round the Bays team!
Wearing our bright red Living Wage t-shirts, we'll be running or walking the 8.4 kms around Tāmaki Drive to raise money for our campaign. We'll also be collecting submissions in support of the Living Wage at Auckland Council.
In Auckland, the Living Wage Movement has a big year ahead. The Living Wage will go out for public consultation as part of the Auckland Council's annual plan. This is a great first step, but there's a long way to go to yet. We are building our campaign to make sure it gets over the line and so that workers employed by council contractors aren't left behind.
Keen to be Team Living Wage?
1. To join the official Living Wage team - sign up to Round the Bays using this link: https://secure.tiktok.biz/register/default.aspx?EventID=roundthebays&Edition=2017&Team=TeamLivingWage
2. The Team Living Wage team manager will contact you to let you know how to get your race pack and Living Wage t-shirt and where to meet on the day.
3. Stay tuned to find out about one of our pre- run training sessions led by Felicia
3. Share the Give a Little page with your friends and ask them to support the campaign https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/livingwageroundthebaysakl
Keen to support Team Living Wage but dont want to run?
You, your friends, family and colleagues can support the team's goal of fundraising $1000 for the movement by donating here:
Please share this Give a Little page on your facebook page
You can support on the day by helping us to collect submissions in support for the Living Wage at Auckland Council. We'll be doing this in the finishing area in St Heliers.