The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 from 1 April, the government has announced.
Responding to the announcement, the TEU said the increase was welcome, but not enough.
“Too many people working at tertiary institutions are on wages and salaries that are insufficient to meet the basic costs of living,” National President, Sandra Grey, said.
The TEU is calling on all tertiary education employers to pay their employees the Living Wage.
“The problem with increasing the minimum wage by only 50 cents over a year is that some workers will never be paid enough to meet basic living costs.” said Grey.
By committing to become Living Wage employers, tertiary education institutions will help transform the lives of some of New Zealand’s poorest families.
At Victoria University, where the TEU is campaigning for a Living Wage, branch organiser Nicki Wilford, said
“Tertiary institutions could make a significant contribution towards tackling inequality in New Zealand by committing to paying their lowest paid workers a Living Wage. This wouldn’t just be the right thing to do, it would be hugely popular with students, alumni and all other tertiary employees. At Victoria, paying the living wage would also align with the university’s own strategic plan.”