Liv­ing wage

Auckland City Harbour News - - LETTERS -

A re­cent 25c in­crease to the adult min­i­mum wage, rais­ing it to $13.75, in­spires lit­tle cel­e­bra­tion. Most of us know how in­ad­e­quate this is when pay­ing for any goods and ser­vices.

The Liv­ing Wage Aotearoa Cam­paign lob­bied all lo­cal boards about the idea of Auck­land Coun­cil pay­ing a liv­ing wage ($18.40) to all staff. A liv­ing wage would pro­vide em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies with the ne­ces­si­ties of life.

Our Whau Lo­cal Board sup­ported the liv­ing wage and also fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion of its im­pli­ca­tions on the Auck­land Coun­cil and the wider Auck­land area.

I be­lieve that work­ing for fair pay is bet­ter than rec­om­mend­ing that low in­come earn­ers ac­cess cen­tral gov­ern­ment in­come sup­port to cover ba­sic liv­ing costs.

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