One of the projects we have undertaken this year was surveying residents of Lower Hutt in regards to the Living Wage. Over the last couple of years, there had been a lot of discussion within Council about becoming a Living Wage Employer.
Residents were provided with the options of adopting the Living Wage as of the 1 of July 2018, increasing the wage to $20 an hour this year or increasing the minimum wage to $20 by April 2021 inline with the Governments commitment. There was strong support for adopting the Living Wage and the Hutt City Council voted to introduce the living wage for all directly employed staff at a Council meeting on 6th June.
Councilor Campbell Barry commented in a Facebook post
“It has been an ‘interesting’ journey, with a lot of roadblocks on the way. Ultimately, the independent survey helped get it over the line.”
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