“Living Wage” Depends on Stronger Economy
“Living Wage” Depends
on Stronger Economy
businesses would struggle to pay a living wage of the level
supported by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, says
Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive
She was responding to Ms
Wade-Brown’s call for the council to look at paying the
living wage to its workers and for Wellington businesses to
"We would all like wages to be higher
but that depends on a stronger economy, and in the present
climate that just would not be possible for many
"It's a tough trading environment out
there right now, and that means it's tough for everyone.
“The proposed living wage of $18 is a huge jump from
the minimum wage of $13.50 and would be beyond many
“Much more important is the creation
of jobs so more people are in work, and that’s what’s
top of mind for Chamber of Commerce members – growing
their businesses which will result in more jobs.
“Employers can pay only what they can afford and I'm
sure our members would be the first in line to pay more if
they could,” Ms Bleakley concluded.
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