Two groups of workers at the country’s national museum will now be paid the Living Wage as their starting rate.
Te Papa’s front of house workers, who work in customer service, have secured the Living Wage with the ratification of their 2022 collective agreement.
After negotiations, the museum also agreed to fund the Living Wage rate for its contracted cleaners, who are employed by ISS, from 1 April.
Rehu Tui, who recently moved to Wellington and just joined E tū as an ISS cleaner, says the new wage rate will make a big difference after her income took a hit when she left her old job working as a hospital cleaner.
“We’re finally getting recognised and appreciated for all the hard work we put in.”
“People might not realise, but it’s cleaners who make sure that your office is nice when you come to work, your room’s nice, your cubicle’s nice.”