You'll see a couple of quotes from the Living Wage website below.
They explain the difference a living wage makes - much better than I can.
I feel heartened when I read stuff like this. As a result of local activism, Nelson City Council is (at long last) showing a genuine interest in the Living Wage concept.
I want to be on Council to make them follow through.
Now - here are those quotes from www.livingwage.org.nz
"The difference a Living Wage makes is both perception and reality. It is real for the workers who can describe the material and psychological benefits of a decent wage; it is real for the businesses that described changes to work practice and behaviours. The difference is also perception for this small but important group of businesses which undertook to become accredited because they believe they can make a tangible difference not just to individuals and their workplace but to the economy of New Zealand as a whole. As one employer put it: …Henry Ford did it; he made it so his employees could afford the car. You want to talk about actual growth and progress, you can’t have one without the other… I just don’t think you can have growth without growing people’s wealth; growing people’s earning potential - and that money will get ploughed back into the economy."
"This early study of the impact of the Living Wage on businesses and their workers presents a heartening tale of the positive impact on effected workers and their families because being paid adequately has enabled these employees to pay for the basic costs of living; it has reduced stress; and, it has enhanced their ability to participate in their cultural activities and, therefore, their communities. The businesses adopting the Living Wage have described productivity benefits following accreditation as they have re-focused their attention on ensuring their scarce and valued human resources are utilised as efficiently as possible. They report that costs have been contained to date and, in one instance, even the price of the licence fee had been recovered. "
Had a wonderful conversation opportunity today with Greer - Mackie Research, Auckland. Victory Primary School has been selected because of it's high uptake of active movement of children to school through walking, biking and scootering, to be part of this big study - details below. Helen Watson, VPS Board Chair and all round hero of VP school and I met to discuss what our values and philosophy are to create and promote opportunities for active ways of moving to and from school. We are proud to be part of the 21st century ideas and the ways other cities are developing in this way.
MBIE is funding a 4 year programme - "Healthy Future Mobility Solutions will explore better ways of moving around cities and towns in the future, with particular attention to solutions that are good for health. We face profound technological and societal changes in the size, composition and function of cities, making it all the more important that we seize opportunities to simultaneously enhance mobility and other aspects of personal, social and economic well-being."
PS - Greer arrived from Auckland on a bike, which she hired from the airport - cruised her way down the beautiful Railway Reserve and then headed off to Broadgreen - OFF road all the way. THANKS Nelson Council for investing in active travel. Let's do loads more and give people healthy options for the way they move about the city.
Living Wage - I fully support this and proud to have made my personal pledge very near the beginning of this movement, as well as signed as an organisation on behalf of Victory Community Centre. They are holding an election campaign meeting this Wednesday 7pm at Stoke School Hall. This is a movement which could help transform Nelson to become Better for Everyone.
Nelsonian of the Year 2009
Queen’s Service Medal 2010
Founding Chair of the
Nelson Tasman Housing Trust
Founding & Current Director of Victory Community Centre
(NZ Community of the Year 2010)