Hamilton leads the way with 'living wage'

By Heather McCracken

Hamilton has become the first city council in New Zealand to approve paying all staff a 'living wage'.

Campaigners say the living wage, calculated at $18.40 per hour, is the rate needed for workers to fully take part in society.

The minimum wage is $13.75.

The change will affect about 80 council staff, and cost about $168,000 a year.

The resolution was passed by eight votes to five, and will be funded from the existing council budget for staff wage increases.

- Hamilton News

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