The Problem: Wages are un-livable for many low income Christchurch workers.
- All Christchurch Council work (done directly by council employees or employees of council contractors) would be paid a minimum of the living wage ($21.15 per hour) This would be funded by managing down, over time, the salaries of the Mayor, CEOs and senior managers of Christchurch City Council and council-controlled organisations.
- Limit the salaries of the Mayor and Christchurch City Council CEO (the highest paid city officials) to four times the living wage ($176,000)
What would this look like?
- In cases where any Christchurch Council staff are paid less than the living wage their pay would be adjusted immediately. In cases where the council retains contractors to do council work it will be a condition of all future contracts that the contractors pays their employees at least the living wage and provide guaranteed hours of work.
- Note: the average council employee receives $77,000. The Mayor currently receives $193,000 and the new CEO $495,000 while it is reported that over 500 staff are being paid over $100,000 with at least 11 paid over $200,000. This policy would set the Mayor and CEO salaries at $176,000 (four times the living wage) with salary scales for senior management adjusted accordingly over time.
What would it cost?
- No cost. Over time this policy would bring in significant savings for Christchurch residents.
What are the benefits?
- This would have a direct benefit to the pay of workers doing work for the council or council contractors. More widely it would provide strong leadership to the Christchurch business community to adopt the living wage as their minimum pay rate. The council would publicly applaud companies which adopt this living wage policy and could investigate reduced rates for companies which do so (based on the savings made within the council from this policy)
- It would also provide leadership to oppose the corporate culture of greed which has meant unjustifiable, exponential salary increases for senior managers in the private sector as well.