The Wellington Living Wage movement was successful in gaining strong commitments from council candidates in last year’s local body elections, and Anglicans played a role in this success.
Election forums were held in Wellington, Hutt City and Porirua and in each city, councils were elected with a majority supporting the Living Wage. Bishop Justin Duckworth was a speaker at the Wellington forum at the Wesley Church and Charles Waldegrave spoke at a forum at St Paul’s Waiwhetu. Rev. Jenny Dawson and Rev. Cath Growcott from St Anne’s Ranui also played key roles in the Porirua forum.
At the forums, candidates were challenged to make commitments for the next council term. The new Mayor of Wellington City and the majority of councillors have committed to ensuring all workers, including those employed via contractors, are paid the full New Zealand Living Wage rate and the council will seek accreditation as an official Living Wage employer by the end of the term.
The movement now seeks to support the politicians to deliver on their promises. There are active Living Wage groups in Wellington, Hutt City and Porirua. If you’d like to join others from faith groups, community organisations and unions in your local Living Wage movement, email Lyndy McIntyre to find out more.
Interested in attending a Living Wage meeting in Whanganui?
Whanganui Quakers are working with others in their community to organise a public meeting on the Living Wage.
The meeting is open to anyone from local faith groups, community organisations, unions and individuals who would like to learn about the Living Wage movement, ask questions and explore the next steps for Whanganui. It is at 7pm on Wednesday the 14th of February at the Davis Theatre, Watt Street.