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. "
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)