28 Jun 2013

'Living wage' to be paid by Wellington council

6:38 pm on 28 June 2013

Wellington City Council may soon pay its employees a 'living wage'.

Council members on Thursday voted 10 to five in favour of paying $18.40 per hour to employees earning less than that.

Councillor Justin Lester said a report has been commissioned to advise the council how to phase in the higher wage, and who will get it.

He said 90 in-house staff will initially, receive this wage, but a roll out to contracters and employees in council controlled organisations will be assessed.

The amount of $250,000 has been budgeted, which Mr Lester said will likely increase.

Councillors also voted for a rates rise of 2.5%.