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 2020-06-15 14:35:55 +1200
    The living wage will help cleaners and security guards to support their families without subsidies. As promised in 2017 why has it taken 3 years?
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-15 14:10:38 +1200
    Everyone deserves a chance to live life at least feeling comfortable without worries with the living wage. They deserve it
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-15 09:10:18 +1200
    I reckon that security guards and government cleaners deserve the living wage as they Do so much for the community and others they work with and are very essential to protecting and looking after places that could be unsafe
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-15 09:02:55 +1200
    Kiaorana Miss Jacinda, please honour your promise, our Security Guards & cleaners work tirelessly to provide clean facilities for your govt staff to come into a nice clean building & our security guards provide 24hr/7days week security to making sure your govt staff are safe & secure, we also provide escorts for your staff from the building to their cars. Our families are at home and they are the ones that are suffering from low wages & no quality time to spend with them. So Miss Jacinda the living wage will help us provide for our families which means less hours at work & more hours at home with our families. Do the right thing & give what your workers deserve. Kia ora.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-15 08:10:12 +1200
    These hardworking New Zealanders have always deserved a living wage, but never more so than now. In the wake of Covid 19 we can really appreciate their dedication. People working this hard under trying circumstances should be paid enough to live with dignity.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-15 08:07:16 +1200
    Our Cleaners and Security Guards kept many buildings, including Govt facilities clean and safe, the Covid Level 4 lockdown proved they are essential workers, traveling to work risking their own health and wellbeing for the benefit of others – they deserve the living wage as a minimum…
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-15 07:40:47 +1200
    Dear NZ Labour Party. Living wage matters for the low skilled and unappreciated cleaners and security guards that only earn minimum wage…… Living wage would help many people who are only just making ends meet, but can not afford everyday items like shoe’s, clothes etc…. atleast the living would help cleaners to have a luxury of affording everyday items if they need them instead of waiting until boxing day specials. And please Honour your Living wage Promise to us. Or don’t make promises in the first place if you are not going to keep them…..
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-15 05:25:13 +1200
    We work long and hard hours keeping our communities and business safe. Our cleaners work hard keeping our work places and public places clean for everyone to enjoy please honor your living wage promise.
    signed Living Wage for Government Workers 2020-06-14 19:32:09 +1200
    Dear Jacinda. “Living Wage Matters”. It is time for you to do the right thing and pay the Living Wage to all your cleaners and security guards. We have done the right thing by continuing to work everyday to keep our work sites clean and secure for the health and safety of all Govt sites and beyond.