Liv­ing wage de­bate will be back, cam­paign­ers say

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The liv­ing wage is­sue in Porirua will be back one day soon.

Al­though Porirua City coun­cil­lors voted not to bring in a liv­ing wage for its low­est-paid em­ploy­ees two weeks ago, they did put $200,000 into the bud­get for the next fi­nan­cial year to help out.

When and how much th­ese em­ploy­ees will be paid is still to be re­vealed.

Porirua Liv­ing Wage or­gan­iser An­drew Chick said al­though city coun­cil­lors side-stepped bring­ing in a liv­ing wage, set at more than $4 above the min­i­mum wage, the fight will go on.

‘‘[The $200,000 con­tri­bu­tion] was a pos­i­tive move, show­ing some lead­er­ship,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a bit less than we would have liked, and part time work­ers and con­trac­tors weren’t men­tioned, but we’re happy enough.

‘‘But I don’t think us lob­by­ing hard for a liv­ing wage will stop. This is a good start.’’

On the Kapi-Mana News Face­book page, the re­sponse was mixed. Nick Conroy asked why the con­tri­bu­tion was a cost borne by ratepay­ers.

Paula Wick­enden-Reid said many com­pa­nies are fore­go­ing an­nual bonuses in place of a one-off pay in­crease.

‘‘It’s a step back­ward for the em­ployed.’’

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