Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A living wage for Wellington

Wellington City Council has just agreed a living wage policy for its staff. Good. Local authorities are legally required to be good employers, and this should include paying their staff enough to actually live on. There's been a series of OIA requests through FYI to various local authorities requesting living wage information, and the results are pretty dismal - payment of substandard wages seems to be widespread. But with Auckland and Wellington moving in the right direction, it will hopefully force the others to end this exploitative practice - and push the labour market in the right direction as well.