Massey and EIT to discuss living wage

Posted By TEU on Feb 23, 2017 |

The TEU at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) and Palmerston North campus of Massey University will meet in March to discuss what the Living Wage means for staff at both institutions.

The meetings follow in the wake of news that the Living Wage will increase to $20.20 from 1 July.

The Living Wage is updated annually to reflect changes in the labour market and the rising cost to workers of providing themselves and their families with the basic necessities of life.

TEU organiser, Heather Warren, said having Living Wage employers in Palmerton North and the Hawkes Bay areas would help people support their whanau.

“We are excited about the opportunity to talk about the Living Wage with our members. It is really important people are paid enough to look after the people they care about and these meetings will be a great opportunity for TEU members to find out more about what the Living Wage means for them. The meetings will also give members the chance to share ideas about how we work with EIT and Massey to become Living Wage employers.”

The Living Wage meetings will take place on 6 March at Palmerston North and 7 March at EIT with more details to be announced shortly.

At $20.20, the Living Wage is 68 percent of the average hourly earnings in New Zealand and $4.45 higher than new minimum wage set to come in on 1 April.

Last October, EIT agreed to consult with the TEU and others about adopting a Living Wage policy this year.

The commitment to look at the Living Wage was made in a new collective agreement between TEU members and their employer.

The TEU has previously called on all tertiary education employers to pay their employees the Living Wage.

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