This week Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) is celebrating Living Wage Aotearoa Week. Last year QAC, which operates Queenstown and Wānaka airports became the first airport company to achieve Living Wage accreditation in New Zealand.
Donna Darlington, People and Culture Manager said: ““Paying the Living Wage is the right thing to do and is an important part of our organisation’s commitment to sustainability and being a good employer. We are delighted to mark Living Wage Week 2020 by continuing our commitment to pay the Living Wage.”
“The Board and leadership team have prioritised the implementation of the Living Wage across the business and are committed to ensuring that this extends to contractors as well as permanent QAC staff.”
The Living Wage has emerged as a response to growing poverty and inequality that continues to hold back so many Kiwi workers, their families and our economy. The Living Wage concept is very simple, yet such a powerful alternative – it’s the hourly wage a worker needs to pay for the necessities of life and participate as an active citizen in the community. It reflects the basic expenses of workers and their families such as food, transportation, housing and childcare, and is calculated independently each year by the New Zealand Family Centre Social Policy Unit. The Living Wage rate is voluntary and for 2020 is $22.10.
Felicia Scherrer from Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ said: “By paying the Living Wage, QAC is enabling their workers to survive, thrive and also enjoy the beautiful area they live in. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with QAC as accredited Living
Read more about the criteria for Living Wage Accreditation
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