“Shameful” that councillor won’t pay living wage, says Taxpayers’ Union

The NZ Taxpayers’ Union said today it was shameful that Wellington councillor Mark Peck won’t pay his hospitality staff a living wage though his reported comments suggest he can afford to do so.

Responding to a DomPost report about councillors who voted to implement a living wage for the Council from 1 January 2014, Jordan Williams of the Taxpayers’ Union says:

“Some councillors supported charging ratepayers more to pay a living wage for council employees when they won’t do the same for their own staff.”

“In the case of Cr Mark Peck, his reported comments suggest that he can afford to pay his hospitality staff a living wage but just ‘won’t’.”

“That is shameful. He is happy for Wellington ratepayers, including those living in poverty, to pay more for something he doesn’t see the value of.”

“It’s a case of hypocritical politicians spending other people’s money on something they won’t. So much for Cr Peck being a steward of ratepayers’ money.”

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union describes itself as a non-partisan activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power.



  1. peter@eastwelly, 14. December 2013, 12:23

    Do as I say, not as I do. The hypocrites of the left strike again. Up in Auckland Len Brown pulls a Banksy. A living wage, not in my cafe, sonny jim !!

  2. Albert Tatlock, 14. December 2013, 20:01

    When I pay I don’t pay less than $20/hour. Best to get good staff. But now I’ll have to pay $22/hour or I’ll be getting simians.


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