What we do to reduce inequality
Two in five children living in poverty comes from a household with at least one full time worker or self-employed person. The Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ is an alliance of faith-based religious groups, unions and community/secular groups committed to reducing poverty among working people in New Zealand. It is not aligned to any political party but seeks to influence those who have the power to change the lives of workers and their families through a Living Wage. In particular, the Movement focuses on where incomes are funded through public money, the large employers who can afford to pay a Living Wage, and those ethical employers who choose to pay.
The Living Wage is independently calculated by the Family Centre Social Policy Unit which in February each year releases the Living Wage rate for New Zealand. The current Living Wage is $19.25 per hour.
Dozens of employers have already signed a licence to become Living Wage Employers from a range of sectors including NGOs, manufacturing, and hospitality.
Sign in to our website for more information, join our Movement as a Member Group, be a volunteer and support our growing influence across civil society as we raise the standards for workers and their families and change the debate about wages in this country. www.livingwage.org.nz or our Facebook page: Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand.