POLICY 6. Christchurch wages are too low

For a peoples’ Christchurch – Decisions by us, for us, made here

Minto for Mayor BIG Solution

Living wage minimum for Christchurch Council workers

All Christchurch Council employees and employees of council contractors would be paid a minimum of the living wage ($19.80 per hour) This would be funded by reductions over time to the salaries of the Mayor, CEOs and senior managers of Christchurch Council and council-controlled organisations.
Limit the salaries of the Mayor and Christchurch City Council CEO to four times the living wage.

What would this look like?

Pay adjusted immediately

In cases where Christchurch Council employees are paid less than the living wage their pay would be adjusted immediately. In cases where the council retains contractors to do council work it will be a condition of all contract that the contractors pays any employees at least the living wage and provide guaranteed hours of work.
Note: the Mayor currently receives $184,300 and the CEO $395,000 while approximately 317 staff are being paid over $100,000 and 11 paid over $200,000. This policy would set the Mayor and CEO salaries at $160,000 with salary scales for senior management adjusted accordingly over time.

What would it cost?
No cost. Over time this policy would bring in significant savings for Christchurch residents.

What are the benefits?

Council Will Provide Leadership

The benefits?
This would have a direct benefit on the pay of workers doing work for the council or council contractors. More widely it would provide strong leadership to the Christchurch business community to adopt the living wage as their minimum pay rate. The council would publicly applaud companies which adopt this living wage policy and could investigate reduced rates for companies which do so (based on the savings made within the council from this policy)
It would also provide leadership to oppose the corporate culture of greed which has meant unjustifiable, exponential salary increases for senior managers in the private sector as well.

John Minto / Mayoral Candidate