Parliament cleaners to receive living wage

Parliament cleaners and caterers to receive the living wage by the end of 2019.

Parliament cleaners and caterers are expected to receive the living wage by the end of 2019.

Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard announced wages for Parliament’s cleaning and catering staff will rise from around $16 an hour to the living wage rate of $20.20 an hour.

The changes will take effect for caterers from 1 July 2019, while it is understood cleaners will be on the living wage by the end of 2019.

According to Radio NZ, Mallard said the cleaning and catering contracts at Parliament came up for renegotiation shortly after the new government was elected, and that allowed the living wage to be introduced.

“We feel Parliament should be a leader in this area. The gap between those well paid and those not well paid is getting bigger and bigger. That’s not fair,” he said.

The Living Wage movement campaigned for the introduction of the living wage at Parliament in August, one month after Wellington City Council introduced a living wage of $20.20 an hour for its workers, including cleaners.

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