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 2020-06-20 02:28:37 +1200
    Where is the “living wage” promise from 2017? These workers continue 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.

    Honour the Living Wage promise without delay! This would transform the lives of hundreds of workers and be real recognition of the valuable role they play in our public service.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-06-20 00:02:02 +1200
    I think everyone who is employed should be paid at the least, the living wage. I don’t think it should be acceptable to pay anyone a ‘minimum wage’ when we’ve acknowledged the fact that its not even enough to live on. Remove the minimum wage and use the living wage as the bar for the minimum in which any employee is paid
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-19 18:56:16 +1200
    New Zealanders’ need to know this government will keep its promises. We want to be able to trust you for the future.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-19 18:11:42 +1200
    Please honour these folk by paying them the minimum wage.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-19 17:39:19 +1200
    All government essential workers need to be paid the living wage. This must be an immediate priority. I find it immoral to delay any longer.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-19 16:48:49 +1200
    Please pay all our essential contracted workers a Living Wage now! Cleaners and security guards are the unsung heroes who keep us all safe every day and enable you to do your jobs in Parliament! They deserve to be paid a Living Wage. In fact they deserve a medal, but a Living Wage will do. Thanks
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-19 16:14:27 +1200
    Cleaners and security guards are essential workers. The definitely deserve a living wage!
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-19 10:43:55 +1200
    A Living Wage is a necessity for every one
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-19 09:54:12 +1200
    Their low pay does not reflect the value of their contribution to the health and safety of everyone.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-19 07:54:30 +1200
    Cleaners and security workers do essential work. We know how important that is in these times and how that does not get recognised with financially; they deserve to be paid a living wage. Please honour your 2017 promise to these folk.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-06-18 22:22:41 +1200
    All people deserve a living wage, but first and foremost those who protect and care for our country and the health of everyone.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 22:12:24 +1200
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 22:08:33 +1200
    Do it! Keep leading the way as you have done for the last almost three years! Let’s do this too.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 17:21:30 +1200
    “Tihei Mauri Ora.” The value of Life will always transcend that of work. Even though the contemporary expression ‘work-life balance’ rolls easily off the tongue, it’s an example of false equivalence and the two are not to be equated with each other as the expression suggests.


    It’s important to cease using this expression (because it perpetuates a myth) and find a better alternative. Work is important, vital even. Relative to Life though, it is overvalued.


    Post-COVID-19, take the opportunity to ensure we don’t go back to how things were pre-COVID. “The worst thing would be to return to the old normal” (Los Indignados).
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 17:00:46 +1200
    Everyone deserves at least the Living Wage to be able to enjoy some equity of life. Don’t look at making savings at the bottom, look to the top to address the disparity that too many people live with.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 16:19:21 +1200
    The living wage should be the minimum wage so every New Zealand worker gets a decent wage.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 16:10:19 +1200
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 16:09:53 +1200
    Please pay these valued workers a Living Wage. They deserve to live with dignity and to be able to provide for their families.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 15:53:20 +1200
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-06-18 14:48:29 +1200
    It is unconscionable that a government of ‘kindness’ would not be paying its essential workers a decent wage. Please fix this ASAP
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 10:20:36 +1200
    It’s time for your to honour the promise you made to workers all around the country, and give security to the families facing the worst of the economic recession.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 10:05:33 +1200
    Without cleaners, Health and Safety for all is at risk.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-18 00:38:34 +1200
    NZ Government/Jacinda Adern !!! STOP making empty promises to NZders, practice what you preach and honor those promises. If not for these “ESSENTIAL WORKERS” I hate to even imagine where we would be during Covid-19. They deserve the Living Wage and so much more…. Take care of those that take care of YOU!!!
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-17 21:10:00 +1200
    I support the living wage because all workers must be able to live off the fruits of their labour. Public servants are paid from the public purse, and it is mortifying that they are unable to safely live from their work.

    What kind of nation are we that does not yet wholly award the people who work directly for – and are paid directly from – the nation they serve?
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-17 19:27:15 +1200
    Please pay your cleaners and security guards at least the living wage and backdate it to the start of lockdown. Shame on successive NZ governments for exploiting these workers for decades.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-17 18:05:10 +1200
    Please pay ALL employees the living wage including cleaners and security. Be the role model for NZ to follow. Cheers.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-17 14:54:45 +1200
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-17 09:36:16 +1200
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers via 2020-06-17 08:58:36 +1200
    Totally support and for all jobs getting living wage. We are all people just trying to provide for our families. It’s not fair that everything else goes up expenses for rent,food etc yet your pay doesn’t how are you suppose to have a chance.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-17 08:50:12 +1200