Living wage debate will be back, campaigners say
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.’’