$18.40. A LIVING WAGE
A new report released 14 February 2013 confirms what our members have increasingly been saying. They can't live on the minimum wage and the report provides evidence that workers need at least $18.40 just to get by in New Zealand.
Our union has initiated the Living Wage campaign to unite communities, faith-based groups and unions to campaign for a living wage for all workers.
More info: www.livingwagenz.org.nz
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(from overseas please dial +64 9 375 2680)Out of touch government condemns low paid workers to poverty
Posted On: Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Out of touch government condemns low paid workers to poverty While the Prime Minister pocketed an extra $150 a week in December's pay rise, New Zealand's lowest paid workers will get a miserable $10 increase if they are lucky enough to get a full... more...
Aged Care workers get a Parliamentary slap in the face
Posted On: Wednesday, 20 February 2013
The Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) said today the Parliamentary Health Select Committee has given residential aged care staff a slap in the face after the committee failed to take action on the concern of over ten thousand petitioners. The... more...
New Zealand Living Wage $18.40 an hour
Posted On: Thursday, 14 February 2013
A landmark report released today identifies $18.40 an hour as the New Zealand living wage. “Today is an historic day for thousands of low-paid workers and their families,” said Service and Food Workers Union National Secretary, John... more...
Pay woes affect cleaners and caretakers too
Posted On: Wednesday, 14 November 2012
It's not only teachers' pay that has been plagued with problems since the Ministry of Education's $30 million Novopay system was introduced in August, the Service and Food Workers Union said today. SFWU Industry Leader, Jill Ovens, said cleaners... more...
Government Strips Away Employment Rights From Most Vulnerable Workers
Posted On: Tuesday, 30 October 2012
"The National-led Government has just stripped away the rights of New Zealand's most vulnerable workers by removing the much-needed protections of Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act," said Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota... more...
It's official. The working poor just got poorer.
Posted On: Thursday, 4 October 2012
“Statistics NZ figures showing near-record low increases in hourly rates will be no surprise to the country’s lowest earners,” said Service and Food Workers Union National Secretary John Ryall. “They are a growing group of... more...
Government not listening to growing concern on poverty
Posted On: Wednesday, 19 September 2012
"The Government is not listening to the growing community concern about poverty and inequality in New Zealand. If they were they would have taken the opportunity today to lift the wages of our lowest paid workers," said Service and Food Workers Union... more...
Lifting low pay must be part addressing child poverty
Posted On: Tuesday, 28 August 2012
The union representing some of New Zealand's lowest paid workers has welcomed the Children's Commissioner's expert advisory group's report on child poverty, but says lifting New Zealand's low pay rates must be part of the solution. "A warrant of... more...
The shocking facts show Living Wage is needed now
Posted On: Thursday, 23 August 2012
"The shocking facts about what is really happening in New Zealand revealed in a key report show the desperate need for a living wage," said Service and Food Workers Union National Secretary John Ryall today. "Inequality and poverty are growing at a... more...
MPs Back Their Cleaner's Pay Claim
Posted On: Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Parliamentary cleaners now have the backing of those who benefit most from their hard work - the MPs whose offices they clean between midnight and 6am. Winston Peters, Labour's caucus and the Greens have all made a commitment to back the cleaners'... more...
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