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Statement from WCC CEO Kevin Lavery on a Living Wage report

“A report released today alleges that 17 Wellington City Council staff lost their jobs due to the implementation of the Living Wage. This is factually inaccurate. Wellington City Council chose to bring our Parking Warden roles in house over two years ago, in order to get better service and expect higher standards. As part of that process, a range of new standards were implemented for staff in that role including stronger customer service, being able to work with new technology and a range of health checks. As part of requiring these new higher standards, some people who were employed by the contractor were not subsequently employed by WCC. To say this happened because of the Living Wage policy, is inaccurate.”

Kevin Lavery
Wellington City Council CEO



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