WCC abandons living wage

June 21st, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Wellington City Council is refusing to be dictated to on its commitment to a policy.

By July 1, all fulltime Wellington City Council staff will be paid a minimum wage of $18.40 an hour.

That is 40c an hour less than the figure the Aotearoa Living Wage movement has defined.

Actually the living wage level should be almost $23 an hour if you use their original methodology. They basially just make up whatever figure they think they can now get away with.

Furthermore, the council’s living wage will not apply to any of the city’s cleaners, construction crews, museum guides or venue ushers.

Hilarious – looks like i will only apply to people paid above it anyway,

Moving those contracted and council controlled organisation staff to the $18.40 base would cost another $2.5 million a year.

Good to see Celia and the Council abandon their policy. The Council should pay what the market rate is, and not a cent more.

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8 Responses to “WCC abandons living wage”

  1. All_on_Red (1,489 comments) says:

    Well we told them that the Living Wage would cost jobs and when the Mayor and Councillors were faced with the probability that they may lose their OWN jobs over this, then reality bit them- hard. Nothing like self interest to create a wake up call.

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  2. Huevon (211 comments) says:

    Ah, socialism….when doesn’t it end in whining, recrimination, and confusion with the poor back where they started??

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  3. Right of way is Way of Right (1,129 comments) says:

    Ahh, the hypocrisy is strong in this one!

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  4. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    The fact the nutter (and incompetent) Wade Brown was re-elected speaks volumes about Wellington.

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  5. wiseowl (832 comments) says:

    There should be no minimum wage.

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  6. 2boyz (255 comments) says:

    Manolo, I don’t know where you reside but let’s play around with your statement

    ‘The fact the nutter (and incompetent) Len Brown was re-elected speaks volumes about Auckland’.

    Or

    ‘The fact the nutter (and incompetent) Tim Shadbolt was re-elected speaks volumes about Invercargill’.

    I live in Wellington but have actually yet to come across anyone that will actually admit to voting for CWB, probably the same for Len in Auckland and Tim in Invercargill. Voter complacency or lack of really good candidates probably kept a lot of voters away (just like the general election). Personally I didn’t vote for CWB, she is holding Wellington back BIG TIME.

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  7. ross411 (296 comments) says:

    As a non-Wellingtonian, I think they should take the hit on this one. Loony councillors should just pay the living wage, and update it according to the formula pay packet to pay packet. Yes, the rates will go up and prices will go up, but it’s the decent thing to do :-)

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  8. burt (8,036 comments) says:

    ross411

    Perhaps the rate payers can pay the market wage and the councilors and people who think it’s a great idea can put in their own money to fund it.

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