On the 16th of May, the Living Wage Porirua network went to their Council to call for a commitment to the Living Wage in Council’s annual plan. Six members of the Porirua Anglicans congregation joined local Living Wage supporters who filled the council’s chamber. It’s not the first time this alliance of faith-based and community organisations and unions has been to Council, and every time, Porirua Anglicans have had a visible presence. Following the meeting, the delegation held a quick debrief on Council’s steps and Rev Cath Growcott closed with a blessing.
Porirua Anglicans plays an active role in the Porirua Living Wage network. Rev Growcott, and also Rev Jenny Dawson, have had leading roles at local Living Wage events and activities. Whether it’s speaking out about why low income families need a fair wage or collecting submissions on the Council’s annual plan, the church is working alongside others who share a common concern about poverty and inequality and want to call on their council to take a lead in addressing poverty in their communities. This is what the Living Wage Movement is all about — communities working together locally and uniting around the call for the Living Wage.
The Anglican Diocese is a member organisation of the Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand. In addition, parishes such as Porirua and St Peters on Willis have formally joined the movement as member organisations in their own right.
The Living Wage Movement is making a real difference across the Diocese. Paying the Living Wage is voluntary so the movement is targeting corporates and large institutions funded by public money to take the lead. Wellington City Council’s draft annual plan includes a commitment to extend the Living Wage to the very lowest paid, including cleaners, security guards and landfill workers. This much-needed lift in pay, which has been won as a direct result of the Living Wage campaign, will transform the lives of many workers and their families. There are active networks in Wellington City, the Hutt Valley, Porirua and Whanganui.
If your parish would like to get involved in these networks, or if your congregation would like a conversation about the Living Wage and how to get involved: contact Lyndy McIntyre from the Living Wage Movement on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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