New Official Living Wage Rate Announced

The CTU welcomes the updated Living Wage rateof $21.15 per hour.

The independently assessed rate is defined asbeing: ‘the income necessary to provide workers and their families with thebasic necessities of life. A living wage will enable workers to live withdignity and to participate as active citizens in society.’

“We celebrate those working in the LivingWage Movement who ensure the vision of a living wage is a reality for thousandsof working Kiwis. We also acknowledge those employers who have decided to paythose they employ a wage they can actually live on. These employers know thatpaying a living wage is the fair thing to do,” CTU Vice President RachelMackintosh said.

“Since 2013 the annual Living Wage Ratehas been reassessed each year. It is impossible to ignore the fact that todaythe minimum wage has increased to $17.70. So the difference between the livingwage and the minimum wage is now $3.45.”

“We encourage all employers to do theright thing and ensure that they pay their employees a wage they can live andflourish on,” Mackintosh said

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