Liv­ing Wage move

Nelson Mail - - NEWS -

New Zealand King Salmon is on track to pay all its em­ploy­ees the Liv­ing Wage. The Nel­son-based com­pany held a bar­be­cue at its Bullen St fac­tory on Mon­day to recog­nise the first an­niver­sary of its col­lec­tive agree­ment for its work­ers. NZ King Salmon chief ex­ec­u­tive Grant Rosewarne said the com­pany’s an­nual wage bill was $27 mil­lion, with 95 per cent of that fig­ure paid into the top of the south. At the time of the agree­ment be­ing im­ple­mented last year, around 50 per cent of staff were al­ready paid the Liv­ing Wage equiv­a­lent. Rosewarne an­tic­i­pated 80 per cent of staff would be at the Liv­ing Wage level by the next pay in­crease in 2019 and was con­fi­dent of reach­ing the 100 per cent mark by the next round of ne­go­ti­a­tions. In April the 2018 New Zealand Liv­ing Wage rate was lifted to $20.55 an hour. This is $4 an hour above the $16.50 min­i­mum wage.

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