Everyone in Dunedin will benefit from a Living Wage

Dunedin City Council staff and contractors are celebrating the Council’s accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.

DCC is the second council in New Zealand to not only promise a Living Wage to employees, but all council contractors as well.

The Public Service Association represents local government employees, and has already negotiated Living Wage salaries or higher for all its members employed by DCC.

PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says the announcement is a source of happiness and pride for his members, who want everyone in their workplaces paid enough to live with dignity.

"The union movement has always been about ordinary working people supporting each other and campaigning for a better life," says Mr Barclay.

"Low pay for anyone is not only morally unacceptable, it also puts downward pressure on pay and conditions for everyone. By fully committing to the Living Wage, Dunedin City Council shows leadership and integrity and we congratulate them for it."

The Living Wage will be phased in over two years, as existing contracts come up for renewal.

Wellington City Council became an accredited Living Wage Employer for all staff and contractors in 2018.

"We are excited to see elected councillors around New Zealand supporting this simple and effective step to improve their constituent’s lives," says Mr Barclay.

"When low paid workers get a pay rise, the money goes directly into local businesses and stimulates the local economy. This is good for everyone, and we look forward to seeing Dunedin reap the benefits of a Living Wage City Council."