Wesley Community Action Chairperson Peter Glensor said a fundamental part of a healthy community was that members of that community should receive a wage that supported their participation in the life of that community.

“When wages are paid below a sustainable level then the communities risk growing social problems with associated high costs for everyone,”  said Peter Glensor.

“For example, a company that single-mindedly focuses on reducing its costs by contracting out core services or lowering wages could simply be passing on costs to some other part of society.”

“Our interconnectedness also means that if a big employer moves to a living wage then we all benefit,” said Peter Glensor