Living Wage move
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.