12 Dec 2013

Wellington council staff to get 'living wage'

6:11 am on 12 December 2013

Wellington City Council has voted to pay all its staff a 'living wage'.

Councillors have voted by nine votes to five to pay its employees a wage of at least $18.40 per hour.

The proposal, which would cost about $750,000 per year, would cover all council employees.

The new rate, which would mainly affect those in frontline operations, will come into effect from 1 January.

More than 40 campaigners were at the meeting, to urge councillors to support the living wage.