As predicted months ago on this blog in a series of posts Len Brown is now having to pay back the left-wing for their support and assistance by imposing the “living wage” on Auckland ratepayers. He is treating Auckland ratepayers like his women, forcing himself through weasel words, sweet nothings and promises of a better future…that never arrives or pulls out at the last-minute.
Ben Irwin reports at The NZ Herald:
Auckland Mayor Len Brown will propose a “living wage” of $18.40 for all Auckland Council staff at a council meeting today.
The policy, which will cost $3.75 million a year, will be paid for through savings in other parts of the council and phased in over three years, starting in 2014.
The mayor also wants the council to look at a living wage for staff of contracted organisations.
The new pay-rate would apply to both council and council-controlled organisation staff, and was based on data by the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit.
Mr Brown said Auckland relied on low-paid workers, many of whom found it difficult to survive on the minimum wage in the city.
“It’s only fair that these people are able to enjoy a decent standard of living,” he said. “While I would prefer this was an issue addressed by central Government through adjustments to the minimum wage, I am supportive of moves to pay our frontline staff a reasonable wage, provided it doesn’t impact on ratepayers.” Read more »