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Dunedin City Council joins Living Wage Employers List

The Dunedin City Council is among those joining the 2019 list of fully accredited New Zealand Living Wage Employers which will be unveiled in Dunedin today.

The list includes more than 150 employers who now pay the Living Wage to their directly employed and contracted workers.

The full list will be unveiled at midday today (Monday, 2 September) at a special event hosted by Dunedin’s Mayor, Dave Cull.

Dunedin City Council is the second council in the country to become an accredited Living Wage Employer, after Wellington City Council achieved full accreditation last year.

“The impact of Dunedin City Council’s decision to become Aotearoa’s second Accredited Living Wage Council is significant,” says Felicia Scherrer, the Accreditation Coordinator for the Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand.

“More than 1000 workers will have their lives improved through the Living Wage, as well as all indirectly employed workers delivering a service to the Council.

“As an Accredited Living Wage Employer, the Council is role modelling what best business practice looks like,” she says.

Also joining the list this year are AMP Capital Investors (NZ) Limited, AdviceFirst Limited and Western Springs College, which is the country’s first accredited Living Wage secondary school.

Smaller businesses include Scout Hair (the first hairdresser), Mai Day Spa (the first massage therapist), and the Remedy Espresso Bar.

“The number of Living Wage Employers continues to grow as more businesses adopt the Living Wage as the benchmark for paying an ethical and fair wage,” says Felicia.

“The commitment to paying the Living Wage has, for some time, been led by small to medium sized businesses, who felt strongly that this was the right thing to do.

“Through their leadership and the success of these businesses, we now have larger organisations and corporations, also committing to paying the Living Wage. They too have realised investing in their workers is an investment in their business.”


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