To the Government – Honour your Living Wage Promise to your cleaners and security guards

MP Grant Robertson with  Living Wage Advocates who are holding a Living Wage banner

 

In 2017, the Government made a Living Wage promise to cleaners and security guards who work in police stations, courts, Work and Income service centres and other government buildings where New Zealanders work and visit.

During the COVID-19 crisis, many of these workers continued their public service, keeping New Zealanders safe, secure and well.
Their vital and essential work was in the spotlight during the COVID-19 response – even receiving personal thanks from the Prime Minister.

Yet these cleaners and security guards are still the lowest paid people in the core public sector, on pay that in no way reflects the value of the job or is enough to live on.

We’re calling on the Government to honour their Living Wage promise. This would transform the lives of hundreds of workers and be real recognition of the valuable role they play in our public service.

Who's signing

Write your message to the Government below, telling them why you think Government cleaners and security guards should be paid the Living Wage.

All messages will be presented to Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson, to show how many people want the Government to honour their Living Wage promise.

Will you add your message?

    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-08-26 08:21:54 +1200
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-08-06 15:40:33 +1200
    A Living wage makes a huge difference in quality of life.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-27 19:26:48 +1200
    Every person in Aotearoa deserves a living wage, their time and labour has value.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-20 12:57:10 +1200
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-19 08:37:07 +1200
    People deserve a life of dignity, and they need a living wage. Please honour your promise
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-16 20:26:42 +1200
    Essential service work is decent and dignified work. Pay the living wage.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-16 12:09:53 +1200
    I work in a government building and know exactly how much our continued functioning rests upon the cleaning staff. They deserve a living wage!
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-16 12:04:07 +1200
    The cleaners and security guards who work alongside us in indispensable roles deserve to be paid enough to keep their houses warm, pay their bills, visit medical professionals when they need, and have savings. That they aren’t already paid a living wage is shameful.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-07-13 21:09:35 +1200
    All cleaners should be paid the living wage. All of these people were suddenly essential workers and they still got paid terribly. MIT good enough.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-13 20:35:42 +1200
    Keep your promises!
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-13 11:23:15 +1200
    A living wage enable people to live, not just survive. A compassionate society recognised that all roles are of value, and the recent experience with Covid-19 has starkly demonstrated that some of our most vital workers are the lowest paid. We must fix this.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-07-09 10:01:44 +1200
    People literally on the front line deserve a living wage. Everyone working deserves a living wage. Govt has to lead by example.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-05 18:05:36 +1200
    Because they too are critical to the proper functioning of society. They deserve the respect of earning a living wage. Ultimately, it’s good for all of us.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-07-05 08:07:29 +1200
    It’s called a living wage for a reason. To make life little easier for people on lower wages. Everyone deserves the right to a decent wage.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-03 15:25:58 +1200
    Tax-free threshold of first $100 earnt per day ($500 per week, $26,000 per yr) with a flat-rate tax thereafter (no secondary tax etc.) Aust. has a tax-free threshold of $Aus18,000 per yr. Unsure what the flat-rate tax should be. Give workers some disposable income, ease the suicide rate of people sick of struggling, reduce numbers heading to Aust. Incentive for workers to earn.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-03 08:52:40 +1200
    Because they work hard and should be paid accordingly – they are essential workers.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-07-02 10:49:44 +1200
    Honour your word. Give them all the living wage
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-07-02 10:15:07 +1200
    Cleaners and security guards perform essential work, often at night. They deserve to be paid at least the Living Wage.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-30 20:05:04 +1200
    once these workers have had a week of training please pay them a living wage
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-06-29 20:12:10 +1200
    Come on Labour. This is a no brainer and, if you need more encouragement, great election year PR, after-all these are the essential workers we were all lauding a month or so ago.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-29 19:30:31 +1200
    I support a Living Wage for Govt Cleaners and Security gaurds,
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-29 17:59:53 +1200
    No one should be forced to work for under a living wage.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-29 16:47:03 +1200
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-29 12:01:39 +1200
    Let’s make it happen!
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-29 10:38:01 +1200
    This is such a no-brainer! An easy way to contribute to your goals of increasing equity and wellbeing, and decreasing inequality and child and family poverty. Let’s do this!
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-26 18:45:10 +1200
    Having more discretionary income helps businesses, communities, and families to thrive. Everyone wins.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-26 16:51:40 +1200
    I was at the Wellington election forum where Kelvin Davis, Jan Logie and Tracy Martin made crystal clear public commitments that their parties would ensure contracted workers in the core public service were moved to the Living Wage if they were in government. It’s time to deliver on that promise!
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-25 14:09:11 +1200
    A very important area to review so that all New Zealanders can function and thrive well in their country.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-25 07:47:46 +1200
    Cleaners & security are essential front line workers, protecting your health & ability to work. They deserve a living wage as promised. Poverty & inequality in NZ must be reduced urgently. This would be one step in the right direction. Plus it’s the right thing to do.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-24 20:25:34 +1200
    It is the right thing to do. Stand by your promise and pay these workers the Living Wage now! Come on Labour – stay true to the New Zealand Labour Party’s roots.