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To: Waikato Regional Council
Open letter to Waikato Regional Council to pay contractors a living wage
Dear Waikato Regional Councillors,
'Living Wage Waikato' thanks you for being a fair employer, who values the members of our community by paying all directly employed staff a Living Wage.
We ask that you extend this, to set a minimum standard of a Living Wage in all service contracts.
We look forward to supporting you to become an accredited member of Living Wage Aotearoa.
Waikato Living Wage Aotearoa and undersigned
Why is this important?
A Living Wage is the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life. The Living Wage enables workers to live with dignity and to participate as active citizens in society. Research has found a Living Wage enables employees to be able to spend more time with their families, feel valued, be less stressed and consequently happier and more motivated in their workplaces.
Furthermore, treatment of employees is integral to business success. A report undertaken in the UK found implementation of a living wage decreases staff turnover and increases productivity.
Reference: Brown, Newman & Blair, (2014) "The Difference a Living Wage makes" Paper to the Population Health Congress
How it will be delivered
Waikato Living Wage Aotearoa will keep this open letter open until the Waikato Regional Council are accredited Living Wage employers.