Rogue & Vagabond got accredited for the Living Wage late last year after manager Calum advocated for it. Their staff are now all paid at least the minimum, and they brought the cleaners in-house as their commercial cleaner didn’t pay Living Wage.
Tom, a staff member who started after the Living Wage was introduced, is experiencing it for the first time. The extra cash definitely makes a difference, and he’s pretty happy to be part of a business that’s setting the standard.
Caring for Workers was third on the list of Rogue & Vagabond’s customers’ values according to Conscious Consumers, which helped support this change. Next up is reducing food waste, watch this space!
“It’s really easy to change, we’re proud to be the first bar in Wellington but disappointed to be the only one.”
"To know that you’re working for someone who gives a shit about their staff goes a long way. You get the best out of staff and the best out of your business as well.”
—Tom, Bar staff
The Living Wage movement
The Living Wage is defined as the income necessary to provide workers and their families with the basic necessities of life. Becoming Living Wage accredited requires paying employees and contracted staff a Living Wage, as well as working with suppliers to bring their staff up to the living wage.
Paying the Living Wage benefits everyone – workers can spend more time with their families, are less stressed and feel like they’re more valuable to their workplace. Employers benefit from improved staff recruitment and retention, lower rates of sick leave, increased staff motivation and a boost to the business’s reputation.