Living Wage Porirua says faith, community and union groups are delighted with the Porirua City Council’s decision to pay directly-employed staff the Living Wage of $21.15.
“This is a happy and historic day,” says Living Wage spokesperson Hiueni Nuku. “We have campaigned for more than three years to achieve this. With all the hardship we see around us,
the Living Wage brings a much-needed message of hope – a message about all workers being valued and respected.”
Public commitment honoured
In 2017 before the start of this Council’s term, Living Wage Porirua held a candidates forum where the Mayor and a number of Councillors made a public commitment to deliver on the Living Wage. Through the Council’s annual plan consultations, over a thousand people made submissions supporting the Living Wage.
And in November last year 40 Porirua community leaders from faith, health, business, sports and the arts, presented the Mayor with an open letter urging him to implement the Living Wage.
“And now we have made it happen! The Council’s City Directions committee has delivered and we want to thank the community for their determination to achieve this,” says Mr Nuku.
Next step, Council contractors
“All that is left for the Council to look at is the pay of the contractors it employs – cleaners, security guards and others – and ensure their work gets shown the same respect.”
“This is the right thing to do. I know the people of Porirua support this because they want to live in a fair city, where our Council sets a great example.”