Living Wage

New Zealand can't afford low pay. That's why E tū is part of the Living Wage Movement.

E tū organises for decent pay and conditions for all workers. Since 2012 we have been organising for the Living Wage, which is going from $19.80 to $20.20 an hour from July 2017. We are part of the Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand, which has enabled us to work with communities, faith groups, and other unions to win the Living Wage for hundreds of cleaners, security guards, parking officers, catering workers and others across the country. Thanks to the hard work of E tū members, delegates, and organisers like you, and our allies, we are improving members lives. 

You can read more about the Living Wage Movement and the Living Wage here.  

However we still have lots more to do, nearly 690,000 Kiwis earn less than $19.80 an hour – and we need your help. All New Zealanders benefit from the Living Wage, not just the low paid 

Every little thing helps, and we will not contact you too often – if you think you might be able to help, even just to sign a petition – click here.

You can be part of the Living Wage Movement through the Union and through your community. Just sign up here.

Bluebird delegate, Alicia Heremaia speaks out out for a Living Wage.

If you want to organise for the Living Wage in your community or workplace email us: or ring us on 0800 186 466 and ask to speak to Mat, or go to the Facebook page Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand.


Lastly don't listen to fake news. 



E tū is an accredited Living Wage Employer