Unite Union is calling on all businesses operating in Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities to guarantee a Living
Wage for all their workers. This is in the wake of NZ’s largest hotel operator, Accor, moving to a Living Wage for all
“We’re thrilled to see the biggest player, Accor, do the right thing and pay all of their hard working MIQ staff the
Living Wage [$22.10/hr] that they deserve” says John Crocker, National Secretary at Unite.
“These facilities are under contract to the government. We call on MBIE [Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment] to make the Living Wage a condition of these supply contracts."
“Our MIQ workers are our front line of defence against Covid-19 and they are doing an incredible and brave job. This is
in the face of low wages, stringent H practices and even stigma from the community. We’re very proud of them and they should be receiving a Living Wage, not
“Accor have stepped up, and we applaud them for that, and they have also shown it is possible to keep the country safe
and pay their workers fairly” says Crocker.
“Most MIQ workers are already on or above the living wage, but the hotel workers weren’t, and many still aren’t. We also
call on the other hotel operators of the MIQ facilities to follow Accor’s lead and pay these critical NZ workers what
“Unite is running a petition so the NZ public can also show its appreciation to these workers and urge the government to
make the other hotel operators lift their game and wages.”
Petition can reached at this link https://www.together.org.nz/lw4miq