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.
It's an exciting time for Living Wage members and supporters as we move closer to securing a Living Wage for Auckland Council workers. Last week the Governing Body of the Council met to vote and pass the consultation document and supporting material for the Annual Budget. From 27 February the Annual Budget will go out for public consultation, it includes the implementation of a Living Wage for Auckland Council directly employed and CCO staff. Please have your say and place a submission in favour of a Living Wage. Let's put an end to in-work-poverty at Auckland Council!
It is also a good time to remind Auckland Council that paying directly employed and CCO staff is just the beginning and they cannot leave contracted workers out in the cold. 40% of UK Councils and the Scottish Government are Living Wage Employers. It's not complicated, it just requires forethought, planning and prioritising.