Labour leader, Andrew Little, has joined hundreds of staff and students in calling on the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University to pay the Living Wage.
Little was one of 18 alumni and more than 550 staff and students that signed letters and postcards during Orientation Week urging Vice-Chancellor, Grant Guilford, to make Victoria the first Living Wage university in New Zealand.
Cleaners, library staff, tutors and food workers are among those that do not get paid enough to meet rising living costs, despite their enormous contribution to making study at Victoria possible.
“The massive support we received during Orientation Week goes to show how far we’ve come in building support across the university community for the Living Wage,” Katy Miller, co-president of the Victoria University branch of the TEU, said.
“The level of support should give the Vice-Chancellor confidence that paying the Living Wage would be a hugely popular decision with staff and current and former students. It would also align with the university’s own strategic plan,” Miller added.
With more than 30 people volunteering to be part of the Living Wage campaign, work is now underway to prepare for a major event in the university Hub on 10 May.