Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Warehouse & FIRST Union living wage pledge big step forward

Press release: Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand
 
7 May 2013
 
Warehouse and FIRST Union living wage pledge big step forward

The Living Wage movement received a boost this morning with the announcement of a major retail chain moving towards a living wage for its workers.

This morning The Warehouse Group announced that their introduction of a Career Retailer Wage drew on the work of Living Wage Aotearoa to research and define what an adequate income is in order for people to meet their needs and participate in society, not just survive.

“So far it has been largely small businesses and NGOs that had been first to come on-board. Today has seen the first corporate make a commitment to a living wage, and we congratulate The Warehouse and FIRST Union for making this happen,” said Annie Newman, National Convenor of Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand.

“The clear signal from The Warehouse is that workers need decent incomes that enable them participate in society and lead decent lives.  It’s great to see a large corporate acknowledge the business benefits of paying a living wage and commit to taking steps to becoming a living wage employer.”

Annie Newman said The Warehouse’s statement today about better staff engagement and lower turnover leading to increased business performance would mirror the experience of overseas employers who have embraced the living wage, who have seen staff retention and loyalty improve.

“Living Wage Aotearoa looks forward to meeting with The Warehouse management to discuss implementation of the living wage in the company.”

“We are working on an employer accreditation scheme, similar to successful Living Wage accreditation overseas. All accredited employers will need to be paying all employees the living wage, including contracted staff such as cleaners and security guards.”

“Well done The Warehouse and FIRST Union and we look forward to seeing other employers embrace the New Zealand living wage and implement it across their businesses,” Annie Newman said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>

ALSO:

Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>

ALSO:

Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>

ALSO:

Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>

ALSO:

'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news