11 Dec 2013

Council to vote on paying living wage to employees

11:50 am on 11 December 2013

Wellington City Council is meeting on Wednesday morning to vote on whether it will become the first to pay its employees a living wage of at least $18.40 per hour.

The proposal, which would cost about $750,000 a year, would cover all council employees.

If it is adopted, the new rate, which would mainly affect those in frontline operations, would come into effect from 1 January.

More than 40 campaigners are at the meeting, to urge councillors to support the living wage.

The vote is expected later in the day.