A Wellington cafe worker says working in hospitality would be hard if she was not being paid the living wage.
Joyce Tung, 31, has been working at Seashore Cabaret in Petone, Lower Hutt, as a barista since the cafe opened three years ago.
Tung started out on $17 per hour, but gradually increased to her current wage $22 per hour, slightly higher than the living wage. The living wage is currently $20.55 but will increase to $21.15 in September this year.
On April 1 her bosses, co-owners of Seashore Cabaret Matt Wilson and Freya Atkinson, achieved their three-year ambition to pay all 52 staff the living wage – a base rate of $21.15 or nearly $44,000 a year.
The Seashore Cabaret cafe co-owners Matthew Wilson and Freya Atkinson say happy staff are the key to a successful business. Photo credit: ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF
Tung said her pay determined whether she would continue working in hospitality.