Mayor Justin Lester will today host an afternoon tea to celebrate the payment
of the Living Wage of $21.15 to directly employed workers at Wreda (Wellington
Regional Economic Development Agency).
More than half Wreda’s
250-plus workforce are set to benefit, including hosts/ushers, cleaners,
operations staff and iSite workers.
moved to the 2018 Living Wage rate on 1 July and their pay will increase to the
2019 rate of $21.15 on 1 September, when casual workers will also receive the
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
another victory for Wellington workers and a step towards Wellington becoming a
Living Wage city,” says Yvette Taylor, E tū’s Campaign Team Leader.
“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.
“We would like
to thank Wreda and Wellington City Council for coming to the table and making
Wreda host, Liz
Noone, who was an early advocate for the Living Wage at Wreda, says she’s
“For me it’s
about doing what’s right, valuing your staff, appreciating what people do and
making sure everyone is looked after,” Liz says.
coincides with the release of the 2019 Accredited New Zealand Living Wage
Employers List which was unveiled in Dunedin at midday today.
What: Afternoon tea to celebrate the Living Wage
Where: Mayor’s reception room, Level 8, 113
The Terrace, Wellington
When: Monday, 2 September, 3pm
Taylor E tū Campaign Team Leader, ph. 027 585 6120
be available at the event to speak to media. You can check out this year’s Accredited
Living Wage Employers List via this link: https://www.livingwage.org.nz/accreditedemployers