Liv­ing Wage group sub­mits

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Mem­bers of Liv­ing Wage Porirua pre­sented 933 sub­mis­sions to Porirua City Coun­cil’s an­nual plan last Wed­nes­day. The sub­mis­sions ask the coun­cil to adopt the liv­ing wage of $19.80 by 2018.

The min­i­mum wage is $15.25, but Liv­ing Wage Porirua says that is not enough to bring peo­ple out of poverty.

The New Zealand liv­ing wage rate, which will rise from $19.25 to $19.80 on July 1, has been cal­cu­lated through re­search car- ried out by Charles Walde­grave from the Fam­ily Cen­tre’s so­cial pol­icy re­search unit, with help from Dr Peter King.

When the liv­ing wage was in­tro­duced in 2013, it was $18.40.

New Zealand Coun­cil of Trade Union pres­i­dent Richard Wagstaff has said the liv­ing wage was a timely re­minder of what needed to hap­pen with the min­i­mum wage.

Too many peo­ple were liv­ing in poverty, he said.

Rather than small top-ups, there needed to be a min­i­mum wage pol­icy to sus­tain a higher level. New Zealand’s liv­ing wage em­ploy­ers are a mix of small to medium busi­nesses, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and unions.

Last year, there were 27 fully­ac­cred­ited liv­ing wage em­ploy­ers in New Zealand. There are now nearly 50.

In 2013, Welling­ton City Coun­cil adopted a liv­ing wage pol­icy for its staff, and in 2015 it be­gan ex­tend­ing the pay­ments to con­trac­tors.

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