Living Wage Wellington is calling for wider implementation because,
"Becoming a Living Wage council and paying the Living Wage to all council staff — directly employed and those employed via contractors and in CCOs — was overwhelmingly supported in public consultation for the 2014/15 Annual Plan and the 2015/25 Long Term Plan. The Council has voted for this. The people of Wellington have backed it. Now it’s time to make the commitment to the Living Wage a reality.”
So I had a quick scroll through submissions (737 pages).
The following form-submission appears many, many times. Obviously cut and paste from a source and simply e-mailed in. Now there is nothing to stop other non-Left groups encouraging people to do the same, but it tends not to happen.
Dear Annual Plan
I write as a citizen and ratepayer of Wellington to call on Wellington City Council, through
your 2014/2015 Annual Plan, to:
Fully implement your decision to become a Living Wage employer and ensure all
Council workers, including directly employed and those working through CCOs and
contractors, are paid a living wage
Make this a priority in order to address inequality in our city and recognising that the
benefits of a living wage far out-weigh the costs
Meet the cost through a range of measures, including from the Council’s current
wage budget and through negotiation with relevant contractors. Any cost to
ratepayers will be staged as contracts come up for renegotiation.
I was astonished at the huge number of submissions from cyclists wanting better cycle ways, and other multiple submissions were from anti-fluoridation advocates.
One gets the strong impression that the left are highly organised in Wellington and accordingly, have a great deal of pull with the council.
As far as I am aware the council did not poll on the living wage issue so we cannot know that "the people of Wellington have backed it".
The only "known" is overwhelming support from the very sources you would expect.