GERG directors recently visited New Zealand/Aotearoa at the invitation of the Living Wage Movement, where the two biggest cities – Auckland and Wellington – have just implemented the Living Wage. They spoke with activists from the movement, staff of the two councils and staff at the Southern Initiative, a unit of Auckland District Council which works in the rapidly-growing but low-pay and low-employment suburb of South Auckland, the majority of whose population are Maori or of Pacific Island origin. During the visit, Alan Freeman was interviewed on New Zealand Television’s morning show and spoke at a public meeting on the Living Wage hosted by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. The videos are here:
Living Wage 101 – Here’s What you Need to Know
A Living Wage for Aucklanders – Learning from London
Correction: An earlier version of this post featured a media write-up which stated ‘the living wage started with Alan Freeman in London in 2001’. In fact, the London Living Wage resulted from a prolonged campaign spearheaded by London’s Citizens Network and their predecessors, and was implemented in 2005 by a decision of London’s then Mayor Ken Livingstone. Freeman was asked to establish the Living Wage unit, which fixed the level of the Living Wage and monitored its effect on poverty and business efficiency.