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July 9th, 2018
Goodbye from Lynn as GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
I will be stepping down from the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator role in mid-July to spend more time developing my community business, so this is my last news item for this column.
I have enjoyed working with the Campaign Group, as well as with colleagues from the Living Wage Foundation, GM Citizens and many other local partners, over the last twelve months. We have all made much progress in this time including crowd-sourcing a comprehensive set of recommendations to the GM Good Employment Charter and setting the plans and actions in place for the coming months. Already it looks like this year’s Living Wage Week will be great and will mark the fifth anniversary of the GM Living Wage Campaign.
Greater Manchester Poverty Action will be working with the Campaign activists to take this work forward, so watch this space for developments and ways in which you can continue to get involved.
As for me, I will be developing my community business and will also continue to raise the profile of the real Living Wage, and good employment charter, with my corporate and social enterprise colleagues in Stockport.
Wishing you all the best and hope all your Living Wage and good employment work continues to go from strength to strength.
GM Poverty Action want to thank Lynn for strengthening the campaign group, signing up many local businesses to become accredited Living Wage employers, influencing the Greater Manchester-wide agenda for good employment, and for being a great team member. We will miss Lynn and wish her all the best with her community business, and of course in her ongoing support in a personal capacity for the real Living Wage.
June 26th, 2018
Chris Dabbs, and his team at Unlimited Potential, are congratulated on their recent Living Wage Foundation Award for Industry Leadership.
Unlimited Potential, whose work supports people to lead happier and healthier lives, won the Living Wage Foundation’s Industry Leadership Award thanks to its dedication to promoting the real Living Wage through Salford’s Health and Wellbeing Board.
Through Unlimited Potential’s leadership, the Board agreed to establish a multi-sectoral Living Wage task group, chaired by Unlimited
Potential’s chief executive, Chris Dabbs. It has so far successfully supported the accreditation of 11 major Salford health and care organisations as Living Wage employers.
Chris said: “We’re delighted that once again the city of Salford is being recognised for its commitment to the real Living Wage. The accreditation of the 11 organisations is just another step to our city becoming the country’s first fully Living Wage health and social care system by 2021.
“The award is a testament to all of the organisations that have contributed to the progress made on the real Living Wage in Salford. Unlimited Potential will continue to champion the need for all health and social care workplaces to implement the real Living Wage.”
GM Living Wage Campaign Group News
At our recent Campaign Group meeting, Chris Dabbs also gave a presentation on how we might nudge employers towards the Living Wage.
Chris introduced us to the EAST principles of 1) make it easy; 2) make it attractive; 3) make it social and 4) make it timely. He explained that if all four are applied, then it is possible to shift employer thinking about becoming an accredited Living Wage employer. He also explained that it is important to 1) define the problem from their perspective not ours, before applying the EAST principles and then 2) test, learn and adapt our use of the principles in the given context.
Living Wage Week: Lola McEvoy, from the Living Wage Foundation, shared some of their plans for this year’s Living Wage Week. This year, the Foundation will be celebrating the work of the Living Wage movements. They are planning to have celebrations in Manchester, with as much involvement as possible, from local people. This will include inviting those who have benefited from being paid the Living Wage to share the impact this has had on their lives. Working with the Foundation and our colleagues in GM Citizens, we hope to include a celebration of five years of the GM Living Wage Campaign, as well as running some targeted campaign actions.
Campaign Action: A planning meeting took place on May 22nd 2018 for an action to build pressure on a large locally based employer. We will build support and develop partnerships with MPs and trades unions, and are planning a big action to take place during Living Wage Week.
Greater Manchester Councils: We are keen to pick up our conversations with council leaders across the city region, to ensure that that those that need to, apply to the Living Wage Foundation for accreditation – currently Salford is the only accredited council in Greater Manchester, although Greater Manchester Combined Authority also became accredited last year, and most councils have made some moves towards paying the Living Wage. Also, as our Campaign Group grows, we are identifying activists who have local links to councillors and others with leadership positions in their local council, to pick up the local Living Wage accreditation conversations.
GM Good Employment Charter: we continue to support meaningful engagement with the Charter as it moves into the second consultation round later this year.
Last but by no means least, it was reported that Debbie Leigh, John Leigh and Vicky Egerton have all stepped down from the Core Team. They were all thanked for all the help and support they have given to the Campaign, and we wished them all well in their future work.
June 11th, 2018
At the GM Living Wage Campaign meeting, on the 14th of March, attendees provided the information we needed to set out our objectives and associated intended outcomes and impacts for 2018-2019. However, this has led to more discussions about our year ahead. Including how we contribute to the changing Greater Manchester (GM) landscape of employment, work, wages and poverty. Included in this is the GM Good Employment Charter, which is likely to include a call to pay the real living wage, once live.
The changing GM context provides us with an opportunity to review how we work together, including:
- How we all get involved in a range of campaigns.
- How we contribute to increasing the number of GM employers applying, to the Living Wage Foundation, for accreditation
All of this will be discussed at the Campaign Group meeting on the 13th of June. I will then be sharing the results, of this discussion, in the next Newsletter at the end of June.
In the meantime you can contact Lynn by email or call 07948 549 485.
May 25th, 2018
We hope you can join us at our next GM Living Wage Campaign Group on June 13th, 2018 from 2 – 4pm at the GM Chamber of Commerce, Elliot House 151 Deansgate,Manchester M3 3WD.
Plan for the Meeting:
2.00 – 2.15pm Registration & coffee
2.15 – 2.45 pm Workshop run by Chris Dabbs, Chief Executive, Unlimited Potential: Nudging towards the real Living Wage: Persuading more employers to adopt the real Living Wage, and then to become accredited Living Wage employers requires some nudging. The good news is that there is evidence about what can work to achieve this behaviour change. This workshop will introduce some basics of behaviour change and how these might be applied for the real Living Wage.
2.45 – 3.15pm Coffee and catch ups
3.15 – 3.30pm Update on Campaign actions
3.30 – 3.45pm Update from the Living Wage Foundation
3.45 – 4.00pm Update from GM Citizens
These are exciting times and together we can make a real difference to people working in Greater Manchester, so please join us on June 13th. In the meantime, should you have any questions, queries, comments or suggestions, please do get in touch via email to Lynn or call 07948 549485.
May 14th, 2018
Persuasion began with the Greeks and Aristotle, with an emphasis on rhetoric and elocution. To succeed Aristotle advocated three proofs: ethos (credibility), logos (reason) and pathos (emotion). The relevance of persuasion is still a real imperative in modern business contexts and one which we, at the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, are keen to learn more about.
How can we persuade employers to take the steps to become a real Living Wage employer? What are the barriers to following through to Accreditation? What behaviours lead to employers making changes? What can we learn about influencing behaviours of employers?
Why not come along to our next Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Meeting from 2 – 4pm on June 13th 2018 at GM Chamber of Commerce, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD?
Chris Dabbs, Chief Executive at Unlimited Potential, will be presenting a workshop called ‘Nudging towards the real Living Wage’ where he will share some ideas about what can work to achieve behavioural changes in employers and how we might apply these ideas when influencing about the real Living Wage.
Email Lynn or call 07948 549485 to receive your invitation
Article written by Debbie Leigh, Core Team, Campaign Support
April 27th, 2018
We hope you can join us on May 22nd from 2pm – 3.30pm, at the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy, Avila House, 335-337 Oxford Road, M13 9PG. At this meeting, we are going to begin planning some action that, we hope, will enable the Cooperative Group to agree to become an accredited Living Wage employer. The decision to target the Cooperative Group was decided at our last Campaign Meeting in March.
Following this meeting, agreed actions will take place on May 29th from 2pm onwards. We hope you can join us on both days. Alternatively, if you cannot attend on one or both days, but would like to get involved in other, future action, then please do get in touch via the contact details below.
These are exciting times and together we can make a real difference to people working in Greater Manchester. So please join us on May 22nd and 29th.
April 17th, 2018
Discrimination against the Young
At GM Living Wage Campaign we are working to achieve a Real Living Wage for all. Meanwhile it is important to assist under 25’s to achieve any additional income to boost poverty wages. The Young Women’s Trust surveyed 4,000 young people to give them a voice. Their survey is called ‘Paid Less Worth Less?’ 1 The survey found that 80% of employers agreed that ‘young people should be paid the same as older people for the same work’ and of the young people surveyed, four out of five think the National Living Wage should be extended to under 25’s. This is an comparison based on the latest National Living Wage:
Age 25 and over Hourly Rate £7.83 Annual Income * £14,250.60
Aged 21 to 24 Hourly Rate £7.38 Annual Income £13.431.60 £819.00 less than 25+
Aged 18 to 21 Hourly Rate £5.90 Annual Income £10,738.00 £3,512.60 less than 25+
Under 18 Hourly Rate £4.20 Annual Income £7,644.00 £6,606.60 less than 25+
Apprentice Hourly Rate £3.70 Annual Income £6,734.00 £7,516.60 less than 25+
As you can see under 25’s would benefit greatly from an increased income.
Citizens Advice Manchester2 (CAB) have also carried out research and they agree that poverty pay leads to anxiety, mental and physical health issues. There is an assumption that under 25’s live with parents and are not responsible for housing costs but in fact 65.7 % of CAB’s respondents are responsible for housing costs. Vicky Egerton is leading on the Living Wage policy influencing campaign at CAB Manchester and will be writing an article about this research urging action to influence MPs to attend the ‘National Living Wage Extension to Young People Bill’ in July 2018. You can read more about the campaign here.
Article written by Deborah Leigh, GM Living Wage Campaign Support.
References: 1 Paid Less Worth Less’ October 2017 Young Women’s Trust‘. 2 Citizens Advice Manchester * all based on a 35 hour week
March 26th, 2018
Is Low Pay Good for Business? (2)
Successive UK governments have encouraged business models that rely on people being willing to work for low pay. Our economy is hooked on cheap labour. The government subsidises low pay through the benefits system, at great cost to the Exchequer, allowing businesses to get away with offering staff poor terms and conditions. Many employers recognise the short-sightedness of this approach, but business generally still sees wages as a burden rather than an investment. Here is the second of our series of articles in 2018.
This enquiry concerns employee and customer churn. A recent study found that the turnover rate for the restaurants and accommodations sector was 72% in 2015. (CoreHR.com*) That means a regular customer to a restaurant will notice that the friendly, competent person who waited on them last time has probably left.
Does this affect customers? Of course. My wife and I had the bizarre experience of opening our own wine in a restaurant because the waiter did not know how to do it. In a French restaurant! We’ve never been back. There are hundreds of such establishments. Many serve good food and drink. The differentiator is service. Losing good staff and replacing them with new, inexperienced hires loses
customers. Cost saving? Or business suicide?
John Leigh, GM Living Wage Campaign
February 27th, 2018
It is nearly time for our next Campaign meeting on March 14th, 2018 from 2 – 4pm and we hope you can join us! It will be an interactive meeting, as we want you to have the opportunity to help shape the Campaign Group work for the next few months.
Potential areas for our work include: young people 18-24; voluntary and not for profit sector;
social care; public sector and education; retail and big employers such as Manchester Airport.
Overall, we want to continue to:
• Support more employers, across the whole of Greater Manchester (GM) to become accredited Living Wage employers.
• Build partnerships to take our work forward.
• Raise awareness about the real Living Wage.
• Support the creation of the GM Good Employment Charter
These are exciting times and together we can make a real difference to people working in Greater Manchester. So please
join us on March 14th (More information & book) .
February 12th, 2018
Is Low Pay Good for Business? (1)
Since 2010, successive governments have argued that British business needs a workforce that will work for low pay. The government supports low pay with benefits that “top up” the incomes of families whose pay will not meet their needs. Businesses agree with this way of thinking. But do the facts actually bear scrutiny? We look at the issue over a series of articles in 2018.
Our first enquiry concerns staff turnover. Minimum-wage employees have no incentive to stay with one employer. They change jobs to get an easier commute or any number of other reasons. Low-paying companies suffer high staff turnover. What does this cost? A survey by HRreview1 quotes a figure of £20,114 per employee as the cost of re-employing one member of staff in retail. HRreview cites the following costs: lost management time; direct recruitment costs; overtime to cover the vacancy; and the big one, lost productivity while the new member of staff gets to know the job; for retail, an average of 23 weeks. A cost of £20K to replace an employee who earned £15,600? Doesn’t sound like good business, does it?
John Leigh, GM Living Wage Campaign
January 30th, 2018
We need your help! Do you know of an employer that is paying the Living Wage, but is not yet accredited?
According to the Living Wage Foundation:
• 86% of employers have reported that being accredited has enhanced their reputation.
• 80% reported that they saw an increase in the quality of work.
• 75% reported improved staff retention and motivation.
So, if you know an employer, that now needs to apply to become an accredited employer, please ask them to contact the Living Wage Foundation, to begin the process.
Alternatively, just let us know and we will get in touch with them, and refer them to the Living Wage Foundation.
These are exciting times and together we can make a real difference to people working in Greater Manchester. Also, please remember that the next meeting of the Campaign Group will take place on March14th 2018. Further details will be available in the very near future.
January 15th, 2018
Happy New Year! We hope you can join us on our GM Living Wage journey this year, starting with attending our Campaign Group meeting on: Wednesday March 14th 2- 4pm. This meeting will be organised using the World Café principles, as we want you to have the opportunity to help shape the Campaign Group work for the next few months.
Potential areas for our work include: young people 18 -24; voluntary and not for profit sector; social care; public sector and education; retail and a big employer such as Manchester Airport. Overall, we want to continue to:
• Support more employers, across the whole of Greater Manchester to become accredited Living Wage employers;
• Build partnerships to take our work forward;
• Raise awareness about the real Living Wage;
• Support the creation of the GM Good Employment Charter.
These are exciting times and together we can make a real difference to people working in Greater Manchester. So please join us on March 14th. Further details will be available in the very near future.
December 11th, 2017
We recently attended the Local Approaches to Improving the Quality of Work event organised by the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit in Manchester. The event was chaired by Ben Lucas of Metro-dynamics and speakers included:
Lesley Giles, Work Foundation
Matthew Taylor, The RSA
Stephen Clarke, Resolution Foundation
Damian Grimshaw, University of Manchester Alliance Business School
Carol Atkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University
and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
Headlines: We need to:
Use the devolution agenda to reduce in-work poverty via paying the real Living wage. As illustrated in the following Joseph Rowntree Foundation report
Work together, across the sectors, to create inclusive workplaces where employees can develop their abilities, skills and knowledge, via a local employability framework, that promotes retention and progression. At the same time, employees should be supported to manage their physical and mental health.
Consider, across Greater Manchester how we can measure progress on the good work agenda, including increasing productivity in the workplace.
Consider the four I’s:
1) intention to promote good work;
2) intelligence to identify good practices;
3) integrate with relevant agendas and
4) encourage innovation from all the workforce.
More about how we can build on this in the new year, via our continuing contribution to the GM Good Employment Charter. In the meantime, have a great Christmas and New Year!
We had a great Living Wage Week and hope you did too. As you may know, we ran three events, during Living Wage Week supporting the GM Combined Authority led public engagement process for the proposed GM Good Employment Charter.
Our thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the events. Also to our hosts and everyone who made them such a success. Since Living Wage Week, we have been collating all the feedback, and notes, from the events. By the end of November, we will have submitted a report, containing all the feedback, to the GM Combined Authority so that they can add it too all the other public consultation feedback.
Once we have submitted the report, we do not see this as the end of our involvement and anticipate that we will be continuing to help shape the content of the proposed Good Employment Charter. If this something that you would like to be involved in, then please do let Lynn, the Co-Ordinator know. Also, if you have some Living Wage news of your own that you would like to share here, again please get in contact via email or 07948 549 485.
Living Wage Week
During Living Wage Week this year, we ran a series of events in Bolton, Oldham and Salford. These were part of the GM Combined Authority led public engagement process for the proposed GM Good Employment Charter. About 100 people attended and gave their views on how the Charter should be developed.
A big thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to run these events. Also, a big thank you to everyone who attended; your contributions will help shape our GM Good Employment Charter. Also, as part of the week, we attended events organized by our partners, GM Citizens. These included the unveiling of the Living Wage plaque, at the University of Manchester Students Union and the candlelight vigil outside BUPA Gorton Parks Nursing and Residential Care Home. A fantastic week where the real Living Wage message was indeed spread across Greater Manchester.
Living Wage Week – the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK – commences on Sunday November 5th and there are a range of events for you to attend and support.
The Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, hosted by GMPA, is running three events, supporting the GM Combined Authority led public engagement process for the proposed GM Good Employment Charter:
Tuesday November 7th 8 – 10am
Hosted by Darren Knight, Chief Officer, Bolton CVS
Venue: Bolton Hub, Bold St, Bolton BL1 1LS
Thursday November 9th 8 – 10am
Hosted by Ben Gilchrist, Deputy Chief Executive Action Together
Venue: First Choice Homes Oldham First Place, 22 Union Street, Oldham. OL1 1BE
Friday 10th November 10.30am – 1pm (this agenda also includes an additional Living Wage item)
Hosted by Alison Page Chief Executive Salford CVS
Venue: The Angel Centre, 1 St Philip’s Pl, Salford M3 6FA
These events will be an opportunity for you to raise your questions as well as feed in your thoughts and hopes for the Charter. Please contact Lynn Sbaih to register your attendance. For more information, please see Good Jobs in Greater Manchester: the role of employment charters Other events in Living Wage Week:
Monday November 6th Our colleagues, from the Living Wage Foundation and GM Citizens, will be in Manchester to announce the new real Living Wage rate. Please look out for news about the time and venue.
Wednesday November 8th Unison will be visiting University of Manchester Students’ Union and on Thursday November 9th, they will be visiting The Union, Manchester Metropolitan University. They will also be visiting other colleges, around Greater Manchester, throughout Living Wage Week. This is to highlight and support the fact that young workers, under 25 years, also need to be paid a real Living Wage.
Wednesday November 8th 1pm: Outside the University of Manchester Students’ Union, there will be an unveiling of their main Living Wage plaque.
Thursday November 9th 7.30 – 8pm: Unison will be holding a vigil outside BUPA Gorton Parks Nursing and Residential Care Home, M18 8DF. The vigil is dedicated to BUPA staff who are not paid the real Living Wage. Please meet at Gorton Park, across the road from the care home, at 1900.
We hope you will join us at all these events, during Living Wage Week, as well as on social media, and help spread the real Living Wage message across Greater Manchester.
It is 17 days to Living Wage Week – the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK – which commences on Sunday November 5th, 2017.
We are running three events this year. These events will support the GM Combined Authority led public engagement process for the
proposed GM Good Employment Charter.
Tuesday November 7th 8 – 10am: Hosted by Darren Knight, Chief Officer, Bolton CVS
Venue: Bolton Hub, Bold St, Bolton BL1 1LS
Thursday November 9th 8 – 10am:
Hosted by Ben Gilchrist, Deputy Chief Executive Action Together, Tameside
Venue: First Choice Homes Oldham First Place, 22 Union Street, Oldham. OL1 1BE
Friday 10th November 10.20am – 1pm (this agenda also includes an additional Living Wage item)
Hosted by Alison Page Chief Executive Salford CVS
Venue: The Angel Centre (home of Social adVentures), 1 St Philip’s Pl, Salford M3 6FA
For more information, please see Good Jobs in Greater Manchester: the role of employment charters
We hope you can join us and add your thoughts, suggestions and questions to the creation of a GM Good Employment Charter.
Please contact the GM Living Wage Coordinator, Lynn Sbaih, to let her know you will be attending via 07948549485 or email Lynn.Sbaih@gmlivingwage.org
October 2nd, 2017
The Real Living Wage is good for business!
Cardiff University’s “The Living Wage Employer Experience” interviewed real Living Wage employers about the impact of accreditation:
• 93% of employers reported they had benefited as a business
• 58% of employers saw an improvement in the motivation of staff
• 50% reported that it had improved both recruitment and retention
• 45% reported that it had improved the quality of applications for Living Wage jobs
• 86% reported that it had enhanced their organisation’s general reputation as an employer
• 64% found that it differentiated them from others in their industry
• 44% reported improved relations with public bodies or politicians
Please visit our partners the Living Wage Foundation to find out more about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer.
It is 31 days to Living Wage Week – the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK – which commences on Sunday November 5th.
Please watch this space for details of our events, and to get involved come along to the Campaign meeting on October 10th, 2 – 4pm, at 3rd Floor, Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GH.
September 6th, 2017
We are now getting ready for Living Wage Week, which commences on Monday the 6th of November this year, when representatives from the Living Wage Foundation will be in Manchester to announce the new Living Wage rate.
Our local Campaign theme during Living Wage Week, will be the Good Employment Charter which was part of Andy Burnham’s Manifesto. Should you want to know more about employment charters, GMPA’s and IGAU’s “Good jobs in Greater Manchester: the role of employment charters” provides a comprehensive introduction:
You may also know of, or be involved in, plans for a Living Wage Week event. If so please do let us know, so that we can help you share the details of your event, via: our webpage, our regular news slot in this Newsletter, and via our social media.
To help you get involved in all the local Living Wage Week activities and events, we plan to have a Campaign meeting at 2-4pm on Tuesday 10th October, at 3rd Floor, Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GH, so please ensure you are signed up to receive details of this meeting, by contacting me by email at Lynn.Sbaih@gmlivingwage.org or on 07948 549 485.