Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 15[box style=”info”]Please see the update and correction to this story: Massey University Living Wage update[/box]
Massey University will likely be next to follow The Warehouse by offering its workers a “living wage” according to the Manawatu Standard earlier this week.
University spokesman James Gardiner told the Standard the university would meet tertiary union representatives at the pay negotiations table with an offer to match the living wage for workers.
Last week the local TEU branch called for a pay rise for Massey staff and contractors to bring their wages and salaries in line with the living wage.
The Living Wage Campaign advocates an hourly wage of $18.40 (About $36,000 per annum for someone working full time) as the minimum a worker needs to earn to provide themselves and their families with the basic necessities of life.
Massey was set to take that challenge on board for most staff but it would not happen overnight, Mr Gardiner said.
“The vast majority of Massey employees… are paid in excess of $18.40 an hour. A significant number of those not currently paid that much can expect to be within a relatively short space of time under the terms of their employment agreements.”
However, not everyone at the university would get a pay rise, including casual workers – often students in training, work experience, or internship-type roles, or staff who were provided accommodation as part of their role at Massey.
TEU launched a petition yesterday calling for the living wage at Massey to a ringing endorsement from members.
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