‘It adds up pretty quickly’
Living wage campaigners are turning their sights on West Auckland’s alcohol licensing trusts.
Paying employees at least $20.20 an hour would align with The Trusts’ values, Living Wage Auckland chairwoman Yvette Taylor said.
The Trusts chief executive Simon Wickham said a decision to not pay the living wage was made by elected members, the company board and its management team.
‘‘We’ve decided that at this time, it’s not best for The Trusts.’’
It had to balance the needs of its employees against the needs of the community – and its ability to make a profit, he said.
‘‘Because without that, giving back isn’t possible.’’
Wickham said The Trusts paid its 350 employees fair market rates, gave performance-related pay rises and offered training and promotion. A few people though, such as dishwashers, started on the minimum wage of $15.75, he said. But lifting the wages of those on the bottom would mean lifting wages of everybody in the organisation, he said.
‘‘It adds up pretty quickly.’’ There were 11 employers in West Auckland who were accredited as paying the living wage, according to Living Wage Auckland.
Taylor said that as one of the largest employers in West Auckland, The Trusts could be leaders in pay rates.
The Living Wage rate is voluntary and has been calculated to be $20.20 per hour, $4.45 more than the minimum wage.
‘‘We've decided that at this time, it's not best for The
Simon Wickham – chief executive of The Trusts business.