The people of Auckland should be very grateful to Councillor Cameron Brewer for moving what is a contender for the motion of the year:
“That the Governing Body agrees that Auckland Council first and foremost prepare a remuneration policy in the 2014/15 financial year, and as part of that policy work fully investigate the costs and wider implications on the organisation, business community and region of the Living Wage policy and have the CE back to the Governing Body at a later date.”
The motion was seconded by Dick Quax and passed by 11 votes to 10.
It is ridiculous to effectively raise the minimum wage to the level supposedly needed for a family of four to have a reasonable life.
Those families would be little if any better off because any gains in their wages would be offset by reductions in Working for Families payments.
The ones who would gain would be single, mostly young, workers, many of whom would be part-timers.
Aucklanders should be grateful that a majority, albeit a slim one, of the council have the good sense to require a thorough investigation of the costs and implications before committing a large sum of money to implementing the policy.
This was a big defeat for mayor Len Brown who campaigned on introducing a living wage.
But it’s a win for the city and its people.