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published Your Organisation in Get Involved 2023-03-30 12:14:37 +1300

Become A Member

Register your organisation to become a member of the Living Wage Movement! You can become a member if you are a faith-based religious group, a union group or a community/secular group. This enables you to stand for a position on a Local Board or the national Governance Committee and it means you can participate in our leading-edge community leadership training.

Our Movement brings together community/secular, union and faith-based groups to campaign for a Living Wage. Our Member Groups are active in advancing a Living wage through their own organisations and can promote activities and news that is consistent with the goals of the Living Wage Movement.

The aims of Living Wage Movement are to facilitate the organisation of communities to secure the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life; to encourage and promote the development of better policies for working people; to raise public awareness and understanding of the issues associated with low income workers; and to develop the capacity and skills of our members to support and advocate for low waged workers. NB: To become a member of Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand please complete the application form and email to [email protected]

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published Become a Living Wage Employer in Employers 2023-03-30 12:28:37 +1300

Become a Living Wage Employer

If you’re thinking of becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer, well done!

You’re on the way to transforming lives, enhancing your business and positively impacting our economy.

When you become an accredited Living Wage Employer, you’re supporting a movement that transforms the lives of working New Zealanders.

Living Wage accreditation has an impact that goes beyond your workplace.

Many consumers and potential employees are on the lookout for services from accredited Living Wage Employers.

When you become an accredited Living Wage Employer, you will:

  • feature on the Living Wage website as an accredited employer, to help consumers and potential employees recognise your business as a Living Wage Employer.
  • be promoted in Living Wage Movement media releases, social media and public conversation.
  • have the right to use The Living Wage Employer© Trademark Logo and Wordmark on your products, in your place of business and on marketing material. Only accredited Living Wage Employers can use the trademarked phrase ‘Living Wage Employer’.
  • get updates on news and information regarding the Living Wage Movement through a regular newsletter.
  • be invited to Living Wage Movement networking and celebration events.
  • have initial and ongoing support from the Living Wage Accreditation team.

We know that each business and organisation is unique. We’re available to talk about how you can achieve Living Wage accreditation.  Get in touch with Felicia Scherrer, Living Wage Employer Programme Lead at [email protected] or 021 270 6529

You can see the diverse range of Living Wage Accredited Employers here.

Check out the Living Wage Employer accreditation criteria to see if your organisation is eligible.

Ready to become a Living Wage Employer? Fill out the application form here.

We’re also available to talk about how you can achieve Living Wage accreditation. Get in touch with Felicia Scherrer, Living Wage Employer Programme Lead at [email protected] or 021 270 6529.

 

The process from application to accreditation.

Applications are reviewed by our Accreditation Advisory Committee, against the accreditation criteria.

 

 

The Living Wage Employer Accreditation Fee

The Living Wage Movement is a non-partisan charitable organisation (Reg. CC52267).

A portion of the Living Wage Employer accreditation fee goes to advocacy work of the Living Wage Movement.

This means while accredited Living Wage Employers are lifting wages in their own workplaces, they are also helping to improve worker’s lives across Aotearoa.

The annual fee depends on the type of organisation and the number of staff you employ.

 

CHARITY/COMMUNITY

No. Employees Fee per year
0 to 5 $100
6 to 19 $150
20 to 49 $250
50 to 99 $350
100 plus $500

 

PUBLIC SECTOR/GOVERNMENT

No. Employees Fee per year
0 to 19 $250
20 to 99 $500
100 to 249 $1,000
250 to 999 $1,500
1000 plus $2,000

 

BUSINESS

No. Employees Fee per year
0 to 5 $250
6 to 19 $375
20 to 49 $500
50 to 99 $1,000
100 to 249 $2,000
250 to 999 $3,000
1000 to 2,500 $4,000
2,500 plus $7,500

 

Ready to become a Living Wage Employer? Fill out the application form here.

We’re available to talk about how you can achieve Living Wage accreditation. Get in touch with Felicia Scherrer, Living Wage Employer Programme Lead at [email protected] or 021 270 6529.

 

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published Reports & research in Information 2021-05-20 16:03:27 +1200

Reports & research

Living Wage Movement - Annual Reports

Annual Report 2021-2022

Annual Report 2020- 2021

Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

Living Wage Rate Annual Updates

Living Wage Rate Update 2023

Living Wage Rate Update 2022

Living Wage Rate Update 2020/2021

Living Wage Rate Update 2019

Living Wage Rate Update 2016

Living Wage Rate Update 2015 

Living Wage Rate Update 2014

Setting the Living Wage rate and calculation

Living Wage 2023 Measurement Review Report

Living Wage 2018 Measurement Review Report

Report of an investigation into defining a living wage for New Zealand - December 2012

Reports and analysis of the Living Wage Rate

A review into the basis for a Living Wage rate in New Zealand - Brian Scott

A response to Brian Scott's critique by Charles Waldegrave, Family Centre Social Policy Research Centre

Commentary on the Living Wage

A Living Wage at Work: Experiences of employers and employees in the accredited employer Program of the Living Wage campaign workplaces

Lessons from Global Living Wage Network Report

Living Wage residential training evaluation by Catriona MacLennan

Living Wage Employers: Evidence of UK Business Cases

Filipino Migrant Workers in the Construction Industry 2018

The Living Wage: Raising Expectations, Raising Wages - Paper to Population Health Association Conference 2017

Paying a Living Wage in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2017 – How the Government can do it

The Difference a Living Wage Makes - Paper to Population Health Congress 2014

The Living Wage Campaign: Collaboration in Practice - Paper to Public Health Association Conference 2013

Central and local Government: Submissions and reports made by the Living Wage Movement

Submission: Government procurement rules, 2019

The Living Wage in the world's most liveable city in 2016

A Living Wage and the world’s most liveable city: A report on Auckland Council 2013

Living Wage Wellington City Council report

published About Us 2021-05-18 20:52:00 +1200

About Us

A grassroots Movement: Our Story

The first Living Wage campaign was launched in 2012 in Auckland and in Wellington followed by other local networks around the country. Supporting organisations joined forces around a statement of commitment to a Living Wage.  More than 200 groups agreed:

"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. We call upon the Government, employers and society as a whole to strive for a living wage for all households as a necessary and important step in the reduction of poverty in New Zealand.”

The Living Wage emerged as a response to growing poverty and inequality that continues to hold back so many Kiwi workers, their families and our economy. 

In April 2013 an incorporated society was formed called Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ with a governance body and membership comprising the three streams of civil society: faith based religious groups, unions and community/secular groups.

In the same year independent research by the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit established the first Living Wage rate for New Zealand, $18.40 per hour.

Our kaupapa: What we do

The Living Wage Movement is not aligned to any political party but seeks to influence those who have the power to change the lives of workers and their families. The focus of attention is where incomes are funded through public money, and large employers who can afford to pay a Living Wage. 

Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand brings together community/secular, union and faith-based groups to campaign for a Living Wage.

We uphold four key principles, including that the Living Wage Movement is:

  1. non-party political
  2. built locally through local relationships and local issues
  3. independent of government in terms of funding and association
  4. comprised of three streams of the membership: secular/community, union, faith-based groups.

We also have an accreditation system available for employers, who meet the criteria to become a Living Wage Employer. 

This is a trademark and cannot be used unless a licence has been signed committing the business to pay no less than the Living Wage to directly employed and contracted workers, delivering services on a regular and ongoing basis. 

See the Employer section of this website for more: Living Wage Employers and for any questions contact [email protected].

Our people

National Governance Board members (2023)

Alec Toleafoa - Polynesian Panthers

Annie Newman - Treasurer  - E tū

Bridget Sinclair – Secretary – Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union

Camille Nakhid - Migrant Action Trust 

Chas Muir - Anglican Care

Hiueni Nuku - Porirua Union and Community Health Service

Jenny Dawson - Anglican Diocese of Wellington

Kerry Davies - Public Service Association

Muriel Tunoho - Hutt Union and Community Health Service

Stephen King – Chair - St Peter’s on Willis St

Xavier Walsh - UNITE Union

The Governance Board would like to thank the JR Mckenzie Trust, our member organisations, Living Wage Accredited Employers, and our Principal Partners Council for funding and supporting the work of the Living Wage Movement.

We acknowledge volunteers working tirelessly in our communities to advocate for the Living Wage.

Members of the Living Wage Movement

The Living Wage Movement is a group membership-based organisation. The Movement organises through groups because groups build the power of civil society, bringing together thousands of people who share a common goal of reducing poverty and inequality in New Zealand.

There are three streams of membership: 

• Community/secular groups 

• Faith-based religious groups

• Union groups 

If you are part of a group or organisation you can become a Member Group of the Living Wage Movement and stand for leadership positions on our National Governance Committee or in a local network. Click here to become a member organisation.

 

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The Living Wage means thriving, not just surviving.

UPDATE: The 2023/24 Living Wage rate, starting 1 September 2023, is $26.00. 

Read more information about the 2023/24 Living Wage rate here.

$23.65 is the current Living Wage rate, and applies from 1 September 2022-31 August 2023.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate. Set apart from the minimum wage, it’s worker and whānau focused.

Paying the Living Wage rate is voluntary. Employers who pay the Living Wage want to make sure their workers get enough money to live with dignity.

The Living Wage considers basic expenses, and gives breathing room for rest, activities, or saving for a rainy day. It’s good for collective wellbeing, and our economy.

The Living Wage is independently calculated, using the latest data.

We need to be confident that the Living Wage does what we say. That’s why it’s calculated using the latest data, and movement in New Zealand’s average hourly earnings.

For a sound and independent figure, the New Zealand Family Centre Social Policy Unit conducts the calculation of the rate, and provides this to the Living Wage Movement.

Read reports of the Living Wage calculation and annual updates here.

The Living Wage Movement is a collaboration of faith groups, community organisations and unions.

See the list of Living Wage Member Organisations here.

Many of us are low-waged workers, or people who deal directly with the impacts of poverty in our communities.

We’re diverse, but share a common view – that the Living Wage is one way to lift working people from poverty and inequality.

We’re in cities and towns across Aotearoa, championing the Living Wage.

We work with central and local government, asking them to lead the way, and pay their workers the Living Wage.

We promote and support Living Wage Employers, and call on more industries to get on board.

The Living Wage Movement offers Living Wage Employer accreditation.

Check out the full list of accredited Living Wage employers here.

Look out for the Living Wage Employer logo when you’re choosing services or products.

Employers go through a robust accreditation process so they can use the Living Wage Employer logo and call themselves a 'Living Wage Employer'.

Read the criteria accredited Living Wage Employers must meet here.

You can be sure an accredited Living Wage Employer pays the current Living Wage rate to all staff and regular contractors. 

Living Wage Employers also contribute to our community advocacy and campaign work, helping to lift even more working people out of poverty.

 

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published Get Involved 2021-05-18 20:36:50 +1200

Get Involved

You can be part of the Living Wage Movement

Volunteer and share your skills and time. Sign up as a volunteer here. 

Make a donation, to support our advocacy, education and community activities that raise the profile of the Living Wage. Make a donation here.

If you are part of a group or organisation you can become a Member Group of the Living Wage Movement and stand for leadership positions on our National Governance Board or in a local network. Read more about becoming a member organisation here.

 

published Employers 2021-05-18 20:36:30 +1200

Information for employers

The Living Wage Movement offers Living Wage Employer accreditation.

Check out the Living Wage Employer accreditation criteria to see if your organisation is eligible.

Ready to become a Living Wage Employer? Fill out the application form here.

We’re also available to talk about how you can achieve Living Wage accreditation. Get in touch with Felicia Scherrer, Living Wage Employer Programme Lead at [email protected] or 021 270 6529.

Check out the full list of accredited Living Wage employers here.

Living Wage Employers also contribute to our community advocacy and campaign work, helping to lift even more working people out of poverty.

published News 2021-06-04 14:19:51 +1200

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published Information Sheets in Information 2021-05-20 16:03:32 +1200

Information Sheets

Here are a collection of information sheets about the Living Wage Movement, free to download and distribute. 

published Donate 2021-05-18 20:37:43 +1200

Donate

By making a donation today you will join the growing Living Wage Movement in its mission to reduce poverty and inequality in our society. Your donation can be one-off or recurring.

You can make a recurring donation to the Living Wage Movement through the adjacent PayPal form, or through manual or automatic payment to the following account:

Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ:  Kiwibank A/c:    38-9014-0838964-00
If you require a receipt email:  [email protected]

Or by cheque to:
Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ
Private Bag 92645, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150

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Raukura Hauora o Tainui accredited for offering a living wage to kaimahi

Raukura Hauora o Tainui (Raukura Hauora) has become the first Maaori Health Provider in Aotearoa to be accredited for paying their kaimahi a living wage.

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Living Wage Movement announces new employer council

A new employer council has been launched by the Living Wage Movement to champion the Living Wage across all sectors of society, as part of Living Wage Week 2020.

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