The Living Wage movement has gained traction in a number of countries over the last few years, and something Munch Founder Anna is passionate about. Although Munch isn’t an accredited living wage employer, it aim to pay its staff the living wage.
At Munch the “the three areas we focus on are providing work to people in need, creating environmentally-friendly products, and offering healthy food ideas for children.” Munch has recently been featured in the news a lot because of its approach to employment: Social Enterprise Munch Cupboard offers South Auckland mums flexible employment.
What is the Living Wage in New Zealand?
A “Living Wage” is a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living. In New Zealand the Living Wage campaign states that
A Living Wage is the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life. A Living Wage will enable workers to live with dignity and to participate as active citizens in society: www.livingwage.org.nz.
The living wage concept is based around an estimated hourly wage a worker needs to pay for the basic expenses of workers and their families such as food, transportation, housing and childcare. The hourly rate is independently calculated by the New Zealand Family Centre Social Policy Unit. The living wage rate for 2017 has been calculated to be $20.20 per hour. This is a voluntary payment of an additional $4.55 more than the minimum wage set by the Government.
The Living Wage has emerged as a response to growing poverty and inequality that continues to hold back so many Kiwi workers, their families and our economy.
The Living Wage is not beyond criticism from some corners. In fact some think it is not all it is cracked up to be. But it is a good place to start the debate about wages and sustainable incomes and the living wage is significantly higher than the minimum wage.
The team at Munch