We hosted a ‘Bread and Roses High Tea’ as a fundraising event for this movement, with the cost of admission at $19.25 equal to the hourly rate currently (October 2015) considered to be a reasonable minimum Living Wage. The event raised over $1,000.
By Rev. Clay Nelson
Rev. Clay Nelson © 4 October 2015
Before tackling what is wrong with the Living Wage I should make a full disclosure as we often hear journalists do when they have a connection to the story on which they are reporting. In early 2012 I attended the second meeting of unions, churches, and community NGOs exploring the initiation of a Living Wage Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand. I attended its kick-off later that year on May 21st. I became active in a faith network to support the movement and later became its convenor. Continue reading What’s Wrong with the Living Wage?
The church is a strong supporter of the Living Wage movement. It is one of over 80 faith-based groups, unions and NGOs that are members of the movement and in 2015 we became the first faith-based congregation to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer.
Our Minister, Clay Nelson, worked part time as the Employer Accreditation Coordinator for Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand and in October 2015 spoke to the church about why we support this movement. You can hear and/or read that talk at What’s Wrong with the Living Wage.
You can see the complete list of accredited living wage employers (then support them with your business), and find out other ways to offer your support at www.livingwage.org.nz.