Local election results give Living Wage supporters reason for hope of progress in lifting the poorest paid workers in our cities to a decent income.
Wellington: on the cusp of a Living Wage
The Capital continues its stellar journey with election success meaning Wellington City Council is now set to become New Zealand's first Living Wage council. Wellington's new Mayor, Justin Lester, is a champion of the Living Wage and the new council has an increased majority of Living Wage supporters, with 10 of the 15 committing to support the Living Wage in the election campaign. During the campaign candidates were challenged to commit to moving all staff, including those employed by contractors and in CCOs, to the NZ Living Wage rate and to seek accreditation as a Living Wage employer in this term.
Hutt City Council's Mayor, Ray Wallace, supports in principle becoming a Living Wage council and the Living Wage is supported by the majority of councillors. New Porirua City Mayor, Mike Tana (pictured below), made a strong commitment to Porirua becoming a Living Wage council and working with the local Living Wage movement to develop a plan to extend the Living Wage to all council workers. There is good support on the new Porirua council.
Greater Wellington Regional Council, which recently voted to become a Living Wage council, has retained majority support for the Living Wage.
Auckland: a vote that counts!
For three years Living Wage Auckland has been out in the cold with all votes of the Governing Body being a majority against the Living Wage at Auckland Council. 2016 election results appear to have delivered a shift and renewed hope for local campaigners.
The new Mayor Phil Goff has openly committed, at our election assembly, to a Living Wage (first for directly employed and then for contracted workers) and to a committee of Council that includes Living Wage Auckland to work through monitoring and implementation.
Further, a progressive candidate on the North Shore, Richard Hills (or Grant Gillon if last votes see a swing), replaces conservative George Wood and this would adjust the balance of power giving Mayor Goff the vote count he needs to realise his commitment.
We will advise all our supporters of what is happening around the country – watch this space!
Pictured: Phil Goff signs his commitment to the Living Wage “asks.”
Congratulations Jo Kelly-Moore!
A powerful spokeswoman for the Living Wage in Aotearoa NZ will soon be a force for good in the UK.
Dean of Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral (a Living Wage Employer and Member Group), Jo Kelly-Moore, has been appointed the next Archdeacon of Canterbury.
She will work with the Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott, to oversee the Archdeaconry of Canterbury, in a significant and senior appointment in the Church of England. The role also involves being Vice Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.
Jo Kelly-Moore has been at the Holy Trinity Cathedral since August 2010 and in the last year was pivotal in bringing the Cathedral into the Movement as both a Living Wage Employer and Member Group. She has been an advocate for raising the wages of the lowest paid in our society for some time including as the guest speaker at the launch of the 2015 celebration of Living Wage Accreditated Employers.
Pictured here with Rev. Dr Susan Adams (right) on July 1 at the announcement of 2016-17 Living Wage Employers, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland.
Living Wage will be hosting a series of election events that will take place around the country calling on candidates in council elections to vote for a Living Wage as an important step towards reducing poverty and inequality in our cities. Join us at one of our People's Assemblies
Living Wage Auckland believes Auckland Council, Panuku and the new community housing provider for pensioner housing need to act to achieve healthy, affordable secure housing for all Aucklanders.
In the third of four new video clips, the housing challenge for Aucklanders is uncovered and the commitment we seek of candidates is explained.
We are calling on candidates for Auckland Council to support: A council-wide voluntary scheme for landlords to get a Warrant of Fitness; and, loans available under Auckland Council’s ‘Retrofit Your Home Programme’ to be interest free.
Public transport matters to the Living Wage Movement. Workers need decent transport to get to work, to access local services, and to participate in their communities. At the election assemblies in September, Auckland Living Wage supporters will call on candidates to make a difference by supporting better public transport including a review of night and weekend public transport in to the CBD, hospitals and airport to investigate whether the service meets the start and finish times of workers based in these locations; and, extending the Saturday and Sunday morning train timetables on all lines to ensure that each line has a service that reaches Britomart before 6.00am.
Living Wage Week was celebrated by Auckland Council workers in a morning tea hosted by Councillor and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse and attended by Mayor Len Brown. Susana Veukiso, a council cleaner said: "If Auckland Council pays all their workers, whether directly or contracted a Living Wage, my dream for my grandchildren to have better future will become a reality." E tū is a Living Wage member organisation, and its council members are calling for all candidates to support a Living Wage in next month's election.
Living Wage Week begins today and this month a series of election events will take place around the country calling on candidates in council elections to vote for a Living Wage as an important step towards reducing poverty and inequality in our cities. Follow this link to hear about it in the first of a series of amazing Youtube clips we will release this week.