Direct employers at Wreda (Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency), including cleaners, will earn a Living Wage.
More than half Wreda’s 250-plus workforce are set to benefit, including hosts/ushers and operations staff.
Permanent staff moved to the 2018 Living Wage rate on 1 July and their pay increased to the 2019 rate of $21.15 on 1 September, when casual workers will also receive the Living Wage.
The increases follow on-going campaigning with Living Wage Wellington that resulted in Wellington City Council becoming the first local body to be an accredited Living Wage Employer.
Yvette Taylor, E tū’s Campaign team leader, said it’s another victory for Wellington workers and a step towards Wellington becoming a Living Wage city.
“Many of these workers were on the minimum wage or not much above, so this will be transformative for them, their families and communities. It means they can live with dignity and participate in the life of our wonderful city.
“They work in iconic venues like the Opera House and Michael Fowler Centre which are at the centre of our city’s cultural life, so all Wellingtonians have a stake in this.”
This week Dunedin City Council (DCC) became the second council in the country to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. The southern city joins more than 150 accredited New Zealand Living Wage Employers.
Also joining the list of Living Wage accredited employers this year are AMP Capital Investors (NZ) Limited, AdviceFirst Limited and Western Springs College, which is the country’s first accredited Living Wage secondary school.
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