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

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Change of heart at Auckland Council?

Avoiding products that have been tested on animals or outrage at deep sea drilling are increasingly common. We don't like to think our actions cause suffering. Poverty wages also cause suffering and also should cause outrage. A recent decision by Auckland Council to oppose deep sea drilling could be a sign of a change of heart about their approach to their own low paid workforce. Read more in a recent blog by Annie Newman


Pictured below mayoral office cleaner, Malia Lagi, speaking for a Living Wage at the Auckland People’s Assembly

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    Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 05:00 PM
    Civic Square

    Wellington - Carols for Our Cleaners and Sing for Security

    Kia ora Living Wage Wellington people,

    Please join others from faith groups, community organisations and unions at Living Wage Wellington’s 3rd Carols for Our Cleaners event:

    Carols for Our Cleaners and Sing for Security 

    ·         Thursday December 8, 5-6pm, Civic Square 

    ·         Bring your best carols’ voice (song sheets provided) 

    ·         Wear a Living Wage t-shirt or red with Christmas bling 

    ·         Our MC is City Missioner, Reverend Tric Malcolm. 

    What’s it about?

    Hundreds of Wellington City Council workers have had much-needed pay rises as a direct result of the Living Wage campaign, including 60 very low-paid cleaners and security workers employed via contractors. This event is to celebrate our Living Wage wins at Wellington City Council in the spirit of Christmas, by singing carols and Christmas songs.   

    But there is still a way to go before every Wellington City Council worker is on the current NZ Living Wage rate and there are still workers (including cleaners) on poverty rates of pay.  

    Join us to thank the Mayor and councillors for the steps already taken and show them they have support to deliver on the promise they made in the election campaign that Wellington will become a Living Wage Council and set an example for other employers in the city. 

    Please come with others from your faith group, community organisation and union and whanau and friends.


    Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 09:00 AM
    Auckland Town Hall in Auckland, New Zealand

    Celebrate Auckland Council considering the Living Wage


    Thanks to Living Wage members and supporters we have got the Living Wage on the agenda for this Auckland Council term. Now we need to keep it there. Join the Living Wage Movement as we show our support for pay justice in Auckland.

    The council will be discussing the items in mayor Phil Goff’s annual budget for consultation. It's important we stand together for an end to poverty pay for directly employed, CCO workers and contract workers at Auckland Council. Winning the Living Wage at Auckland Council is a step towards winning it for all.

    Get there from 9am for a 9:30 start - Reception Lounge, Auckland Town Hall


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