Liv­ing wage on the agenda

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The liv­ing wage will con­tinue to be de­bated in Porirua, if a re­cent meet­ing is any­thing to go by.

The Liv­ing Wage Aotearoa lobby group called for lo­cal body elec­tion can­di­dates to give their views on the is­sue at a re­cent meet­ing at PIC Church in Can­nons Creek.

The liv­ing wage has been cal­cu­lated at $19.80 per hour, $4.55 more than the min­i­mum wage set by the Gov­ern­ment. Welling­ton City Coun­cil has im­ple­mented it for its staff, but Porirua City Coun­cil re­cently sidestepped the is­sue, in­stead vot­ing to make $200,000 avail­able to sup­port its low­est-earn­ing em­ploy­ees.

About 120 peo­ple packed out the PIC hall to hear can­di­dates’ views.

The may­oral can­di­dates Gordon Mar­shall, Euon Mur­rell, Mike Dun­can, Mike Tana, David Watt and Liz Kelly all sup­ported the liv­ing wage in prin­ci­ple.

How­ever, Watt and Kelly said they would not put in a plan to achieve it.

North­ern ward can­di­dates Dale Wil­liams, Keryn Martin, Dianne Khan and Barry McEwen sup­ported it in prin­ci­ple, but McEwen was against putting a plan in place to make it hap­pen. Brian Collins was op­posed to it.

All of the Eastern and Western ward can­di­dates present at the meet­ing - Paula Mac Ewan, Sala Ni­marota, Martin Gre­gory, Lorna Kana­va­toa, Mor­ris Cheer, Denys Latham, Henry Smith, Ranei Wi­neera-Parata and Chantelle Anslow - sup­ported the liv­ing wage.

They said they would work with Liv­ing Wage Aotearoa rep­re­sen­ta­tives to en­sure it was some­thing coun­cil de­bated in the next tri­en­nium.

Meet­ing or­gan­iser An­drew Chick said it was a fruit­ful meet­ing that showed the liv­ing wage was still sup­ported among prospec­tive coun­cil­lors and may­ors in the city.

‘‘We were re­ally pleased with the turnout and all of the can­di­dates were clear and constructive dur­ing their time to speak,’’ he said.

‘‘Sev­eral of them flagged that this [liv­ing wage] would be some­thing that would come up again, which is great to hear.’’

Al­though Porirua City Coun­cil didn’t im­ple­ment a liv­ing wage in June, Chick said Liv­ing Wage Aotearoa would con­tinue to plug away with sub­mis­sions to the coun­cil at ap­pro­pri­ate times.

‘‘We heard at the meet­ing that one of the coun­cil em­ploy­ees, a solo dad, is get­ting an ex­tra $2 an hour that’s mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

‘‘His fam­ily was able to go out for a birth­day meal re­cently, which is just fan­tas­tic. We will be hav­ing the dis­cus­sion about the liv­ing wage with coun­cil when we can.’’

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