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Win for council contract cleaners and security guards - union

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The union, E tá¿¡ has congratulated the Wellington City Council for sticking to its guns and securing the Living Wage for its contracted cleaning and security staff.

This follows talks between the council and the Chamber of Commerce which in March agreed to drop legal action related to implementing the Living Wage for its contract staff.

Last week the Chamber met with the Council to discuss its threat to seek a judicial review of the council’s decision to pay the Living Wage to contract workers.

E tá¿¡’s Assistant National Secretary, John Ryall says the result was the Chamber agreeing that remaining contracts for this year would provide the Living Wage to contractors.

The increase is effective from 1st of July, and will mean a big pay rise for about 15 security guards and around 20 cleaners.

John Ryall says, "This is a marvellous victory that’s been a long time coming. It means a pay rise of about 25 percent for these workers."

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