"TEACH-IN": Students and Staff for a Living Wage University.
“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”.
"TEACH-IN": Students and Staff for a Living Wage University. “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”.
Speakers include:Jennifer Frost, History; Campbell Jones, Sociology; Edward Miller, Law;Strategic Advisor for FirstUnion; Annie Newman, Living Wage Aotearoa.
As the gap between rich and poor grows in New Zealand and poverty increases, more and more New Zealanders don’t get paid enough to meet their needs, enjoy their lives and participate in society.
Thursday, March 20, 5pm / Lecture Theatre: LgeChem (301-G050) / The University of Auckland
The Living Wage campaign in Aotearoa New Zealand aims to unite communities together around the goal of achieving a living wage as a necessary step to reduce inequality and poverty.
At the University of Auckland, many workers are paid well below the living wage. While the University offers a world class education for some, it is the site of thankless work and low pay for others.
Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon received a pay rise of $20,000 in the year to the end of June, to put his annual salary at between $650,000 - $660,000. That's while cleaners make $14.10 per hour.
The UoA Living Wage Network has been established to bring together concerned communities on campus to demand a living wage for all who work on our campuses. At $18.80 an hour, a living wage ensures that all workers can live with dignity and are offered the opportunity to meaningfully participate in our society.
At this 'teach-in' we’ll hear about the difficulties faced by workers at our university trying to support a family on less than a living wage; we’ll hear about the national Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand campaign and the arguments for the living wage; we’ll discuss how we can engage with the University’s administrators to ensure that the University of Auckland is a site where all workers are paid a living wage.
The University of Auckland Living Wage Network ( https://www.facebook.com/UoALivingWageNetwork )