June 26th, 2020
As Greater Manchester emerges from the lockdown, we need to work to make sure the coming recession doesn’t mean a race to the bottom for workers in GM.
We need to work together to ensure that we deliver the ‘Better’ in the #BuildBackBetter strategy and build back in a way that protects and improves the conditions and pay of our lowest paid workers.
We need to support the key workers who have supported us all through this crisis and campaign to make sure that at the very least, they are paid the Real Living Wage.
That was the message from the most recent GMLWC Think Group held on June 16th.
It will also be the theme of the GMLWC Webinar on July 8th, 2020 entitled Decent Work, the Real Living Wage and Post Covid. Click on the link to register a place, or email me for more details.
The wider question of Equalities Issues in the Workplace, The BAME Community, the Real Living Wage and Pay Disparities was the title of a discussion by the GM Employment Charter Supporters Network on June 18th, 2020. I was a panellist and the blog arising from the discussion and the reply of the webinar can be viewed by clicking on the link.
June 9th, 2020
As the economy slowly emerges from the lockdown, the full scale and nature of the impact is largely unknown but is widely predicted to be significant and severe. Despite all these unknowns we, as a campaign, are planning now for the challenges and opportunities ahead. I have been in regular contact with partners in Bolton (see Amy’s article below) and Oldham to look at activities and events to ensure that the payment of a real Living Wage, for all workers affected by low pay in GM, is front and centre in the plan to Build Back Better in GM. I have also been working closely with the Living Wage Foundation to make sure we are co-ordinating our efforts to maximum affect.
We are supporting the Living Wage Foundation campaign to get all Key Workers up to at least the real Living Wage. Despite the huge contribution they are making, we also know that over 1 million key workers in the UK are not receiving a real Living Wage. We would urge you to sign the petition and to take a look at the campaign materials.
As part of the campaign planning for the post-pandemic period we will be holding a second Group Think session on the June 16th at 2pm. For joining details or more information contact me. In July we will be holding a webinar to look at the issue of Decent Work and the Real Living Wage Post Pandemic – please look out for details in the next edition of the newsletter.
May 19th, 2020
As I reported in the previous newsletter, we are starting to plan how we as a campaign will need to respond to the world post-Covid.
On May 13th we held a Think Group meeting (online of course) to start to look what our priorities should be both for what we campaign on and how we will need to change how we campaign. A group of partners from the VCSE, local authorities, trade unions and the private sector were joined by colleagues from Living Wage Foundation, spent time discussing these issues. It is obvious that we are in a changing landscape and in an unknown and uncertain one. However some themes are beginning to emerge such as the need to build on an increased sense of social solidarity and support for key workers, whilst being aware of the potential for real problems for workers in the ‘foundational economy’ and particularly those in retail and hospitality, many of whom are unlikely to have earned the Real Living Wage even before the Covid-19 crisis.
We will be continuing the discussion in a second 1-hour online Think Group on June 9th at 2pm. The session will be informal and will focus on thoughts and ideas for campaigning post Covid-19, short and long term. Please contact me to take part.
Whilst planning for the future we are also continuing work in the present. I have had meetings with colleagues from Oldham Council, including the Leader of the Council Cllr Sean Fielding, about how we can work together to support their aspiration for Oldham to become a Living Wage Place. I have also had a catch up with the Growth Company about how the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter will evolve in the short and medium term future.
I also recently had a first meeting with the new Living Wage Foundation Programme Manager, Dan Howard, who will be covering their activities in the North West and who we look forward to working with closely in the coming weeks.
Best Wishes and Stay Safe.
March 9th, 2020
The next meeting of the GMLWC Group will take place on March 25th, 2020 at Church House in Central Manchester. The meeting is from 2pm – 4pm and is open to anyone interested in working to promote the Real Living Wage in Greater Manchester. You can book your place here.
There is some great news from Salford. Thank to an excellent campaign by UNISON and other partners in Salford
it has been confirmed that all care workers on the Salford Supported Living Contract will be paid the Real Living Wage from October 1st, 2020. This comes on top of the commitment made on January 27th, 2020 by Northern Care Alliance who run Salford Royal that their aspiration is to be come a Living Wage Employer. The accreditation of Salford as a Living Wage Place in November 2019 certainly seems to be bearing fruit.
A reminder that GMLWC will be supporting an event in May organised by the Living Wage Foundation and GM
Citizens UK. GMLWC supporters and activities are encouraged to attend the event to find out more about getting involved in the emerging Living Hours Campaign. The Living Hours Workshop will be held on May 12th, 2020 from 2pm – 4pm at The Mechanics Institute in Manchester and will be a chance to find out more about the campaign for job security as well as fair pay.
February 24th, 2020
On February 14th, I took part in a workshop and panel at the Social Value – People, Place and Planet event organised by CLES in Manchester. I shared the platform with a range of speakers including Sam Hepher from the Living Wage Foundation. The event was well attended, and a good discussion took place about the role the Real Living Wage can play in delivering social value and social justice.
The next meeting of the GM Living Wage Campaign will take place on Wednesday March 25th, 2020 from 2pm – 4pm at Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH. It is open to anyone interested in promoting the Real Living Wage in Greater Manchester. A booking link will be sent out to the members of the GMWLC’s mailing list in the next few days. If you’re not on this list, please contact me and I will add your details.
Finally, a reminder about the Living Hours Workshop that will be held on Tuesday May 12th, 2020 from 2pm – 4pm at The Mechanics Institute in Manchester. It is organised by the Living Wage Foundation and GM Citizens UK, and all GM Living Wage Campaign supporters are encouraged to attend to find out more about the emerging Living Hours Campaign. This is a chance to find out more about the campaign for job security as well as a fair pay. There will be details about registering for the event soon but if you want to know more now please contact me.
February 12th, 2020
Our first 2020 Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign (GMLWC) meeting was held on February 5th. The meeting was well attended with people from a wide range of organisations including a housing provider, local authority, voluntary organisations including GM Citizens UK, private businesses, a trade union, and faith groups. There were many ideas discussed about campaign priorities and activities to promote the Real Living Wage in GM and improve the lives of some of the city region’s lowest paid workers.
GMLWC will be supporting an event in May organised by the Living Wage Foundation and GM Citizens UK. Local
campaigners are encouraged to attend the event to find out more about the emerging Living Hours Campaign.
The Living Hours Workshop will be held on May 12th, 2020 from 2pm-4pm at The Mechanics Institute in Manchester and will be a chance to find out more about the campaign for job security as well as fair pay. Details about registering for the event will be in future newsletters but if you want to know more now please contact me on the details below.
GMLWC has been a longstanding supporter of the development of Salford as a Living Wage City. As part of the ongoing programme of actions in Salford UNISON will be launching their campaign to get Salford’s care workers up to the real Living Wage. The launch is on February 15th, 2020 at 11am at The Gilda Brook Social Club in Eccles (34 Wellington Road, Eccles, M30 0NP). All are welcome to attend. For more details contact Steven North, Branch Secretary, Salford City UNISON.
January 29th, 2020
Since the previous newsletter we have been working with Manchester City Council to progress the lead they are taking to establish Manchester as a Living Wage Place. This follows on from Salford becoming the first in Greater Manchester to make this commitment last November. We are also looking forward to participating, along with the Living Wage Foundation, in the launch of the Greater Manchester Employment Charter on the January 29th. 2020. The Charter will be launched by Mayor Andy Burnham and has, as one of its seven criteria for membership, the requirement to pay the Real Living Wage.
Just a reminder that the first 2020 meeting of the GM Living Wage Campaign Group will take place on February 5th at Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GH. The meeting is from 10am -12 noon and is open to anyone interested in working to promote the Real Living Wage in Greater Manchester. Please let us know you’ll be coming by filling out this form. Please look out for the email notice if you are on GMWLC’s mailing list. If you’re not on this list contact me and I will add your details.
There will be lots to discuss at the meeting, including building interest generated by activities in Living Wage Week last November. We are also working on the planning for a training event in the Spring around the issue of Living Wage Hours so keep an eye out for further details. I hope you can get involved and bring your energy and skills to this important campaign.
Happy New Year to everyone. 2020 promises to be another busy year for the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign (GMLWC) and we hope that you will feel able to get involved in activities where you can. The first meeting of the GMLWC Group in 2020 will take place on February 5th at Church House in Central Manchester. The meeting is from 10am – 12 noon and is open to anyone interested in working to promote the Real Living Wage in Greater Manchester. Please let us know if you’ll be able to attend by filling in this form.
Please look out for the email notice if you are on GMWLC’s mailing list. If you’re not on this list but would like to be, contact me and I will put you on.
There will be lots to discuss at the meeting, building on interest generated by activities in Living Wage Week in
November 2019 as well as discussing plans for our priority activities for 2020 which will include working with
partners and stakeholders in Local Authority areas to build on the three existing Local Authorities that are already Living Wage Employers (Salford, Oldham and Manchester). In addition we will be continuing the campaign to
persuade the Co-op to become a Living Wage Employer and promoting the Real Living Wage to employers in the Voluntary and Community Sector. We will be organising a training event in the Spring around the issue of Living Wage Hours and we will be continuing to work alongside GM Citizens particularly on their campaign to get
Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC to become Living Wage Employers. Lots to be done. I hope that you can get involved and bring your energy and skills to this important campaign.
In other news you may have seen the Government announcement that the minimum wage for over 25 year olds (referred to as the ‘National Living Wage’) will rise from the current rate of £8.21 to £8.72 per hour in April 2020. You can read the cautious response from the Chief
Executive of the Living Wage Foundation.
December 2nd, 2019
Report on GM Living Wage Week November 11th – 17th
This year’s Living Wage Week was a busy one for the GM Living Wage Campaign as we were involved in activities and events across Greater Manchester with partners and supporters.
Chris Smallwood, Martha Crawford and John Hacking
On Wednesday November 13th we ran a joint briefing event with The Good Employment Charter Implementation Unit at Salford Museum. The event was attended by over 25 employers who are supporters of the Greater Manchester Employment Charter and featured presentations on the benefits of the Living Wage from the GM Living Wage Campaign, Martha Crawford from the Living Wage Foundation and Chris Smallwood, MD of the Salford-based Living Wage Employer Anchor Removals. A blog on the Good Employment Charter website gives more information about the event.
At the Living Wage Foundation’s launch event in Salford on November 11th, Salford was recognised for its ambition to be England’s first accredited Living Wage Place. GM Living Wage Campaign is a member of Salford’s Living Wage Place Action group and a sponsor of the Living Wage bid. At the event there was the welcome announcement of Manchester City Council and Oldham Council becoming the latest GM local authorities to become Living Wage Employers. There was a commitment from Manchester City Council to take the next step to becoming a Living Wage Place and the GM Living Wage Campaign has been asked by Manchester City Council to work with them to achieve this objective.
Boo Consulting and Bolton employers
On November 13th we partnered with Boo Consulting, a Living Wage Employer in Bolton to hold a Living Wage networking session. We attended the event along with 10 Bolton employers, some of whom are already Living Wage Employers and others who wanted to know more. The event was a great success and we will be working with colleagues in Bolton to work towards Bolton becoming a Living Wage Place.
Tony ‘Longfella’ Walsh
We also ran an extensive social media campaign to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of paying the real Living Wage. The campaign celebrated accredited employers and featured key GM figures photographed showing their commitment to the campaign for the Living Wage. We had a range of supporters from local authorities, trade unions, voluntary and community sector organisations and private business. We also had a pledge of support from Manchester poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella. The hashtag #GMLivingWage was widely used through the week on Twitter. We also shared information through our social media networks, to support the action taken by GM Citizens at Stockport Town Hall to lobby Stockport Council to become a Living Wage Employer.
If you want any more information about Living Wage Week in particular or the GM Living Wage Campaign in general then email the GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking
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November 4th, 2019
Living Wage Week
Monday November 11th – Sunday November 17th, 2019
By John Hacking, Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Co-ordinator
Living Wage Week is almost upon us and the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign will be busy delivering, supporting and promoting a range of events and activities about the benefits and importance of paying the Real Living Wage. These are some of the activities that you can get involved with, but for up to the minute information during Living Wage Week visit our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter.
Wednesday November 13th, 2019 from 8.30 – 10am: the Campaign will be holding a joint event with the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter. The event is aimed at GM employers who are interested in the Charter and finding out more about the Living Wage and will be held in Salford Museum and I will be speaking along with local accredited Living Wage Employer, Anchor Removals, and the Living Wage Foundation. The event is for employers in GM and if you want to come along then please book a place here.
Wednesday November 13th, 2019 from 2 – 3.30pm: The Campaign is delighted to be partnering with another accredited Living Wage Employer, Boo Consulting, to deliver an exciting Living Wage Week event in Bolton later that day. I will be speaking again and any employer in Bolton can come along and find out more about the Living Wage. Book a place at this event here.
Other events and actions:
The Campaign is also working with accredited Living Wage Employer IKEA at their Ashton-under-Lyne branch to organise an in-store promotion to celebrate their continuing commitment as a Living Wage Employer. More detail on this will be on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Campaign is still working with partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors on other events and activities during Living Wage Week. We are in close contact with GM Citizens and will be working with them to ensure maximum coverage for the message about the Living Wage throughout Greater Manchester. If you want any more information about Living Wage Week or the GM Living Wage Campaign then do send me an email. We hope to see you in Living Wage Week.
October 21st, 2019
Preparations are in full swing for Living Wage Week which runs from 11th-17th of November. One event already in the diary is on 13th November. This is a joint event between us and the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter. The event will be a presentation by the GM Living Wage Campaign to the GM Employment Charters Supporters Network followed by a Q&A on issues raised by the presentation. The purpose of the event is to enable GM employers to fulfil one of the Charter’s proposed membership criteria relating to paying the Living Wage.
There will also be an event in Bolton which the Campaign are involved with. The event is being planned by a Living Wage Employer from Bolton called Boo Consulting.
Becci Martin from Boo Consulting said :“Boo Consulting are Living Wage Employers based in Bolton. Boo have championed the Living Wage for over 3 years and are proud to partner with the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign to raise awareness and encourage more businesses to pay the living wage. During National Living Wage week we will be hosting a Meetup at our HQ in Bolton for any LW organisations as well as those who might be considering it”
Further details about this particular event can be found here
Many more activities are being planned and full details of these will be included in the next edition of this newsletter. If you have any questions or comments about the Campaign, or want to get involved then please email John Hacking, GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
October 4th, 2019
The Living Wage Foundation published an important report this week. The report is by a coalition of businesses, trade unions, civil society organisations and international charities outlining how a global expansion of the Living Wage could help to deliver a range of UN Sustainable Development Goals including those to end poverty and hunger, improve health and wellbeing, expand quality education, deliver gender equality, provide clean water and sanitation, ensure good work and reduce inequalities. You may also have seen the announcement on September 30th by the Chancellor Sajid Javid pledging to raise the Government’s ‘National Living Wage’ to £10.50 per hour within 5 years. There was a quick response to this announcement from Katherine Chapman the Director of The Living Wage Foundation.
Meanwhile there is lots of work being done to prepare for Living Wage Week which runs from November 11– 17th, 2019. One event already in the diary is on November 13th. This is a joint event between us and the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter. Other activities and events involving the GM Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector in supporting and promoting the real Living Wage are being discussed as we write.
A reminder that the next GM Living Wage Campaign meeting is on October 23rd at 2pm in central Manchester. Please look out for the email notice if you are on Campaign’s separate mailing list. If you’re not on this list, please contact me at email@example.com and I will put you on.
September 20th, 2019
There’s lots of activity and planning for future events taking place at the moment. We had a very good meeting of the GM Living Wage Campaign Group on September 11th. We heard a useful update from Chris Dabbs about Salford’s application to become a Living Wage Place (more about LW Places) and I outlined our action plan for the next few months. There was also a brilliant response from people wanting to get involved in supporting the campaign. The next GMLWC meeting is on the October 23rd, 2019 at 2pm in central Manchester. Please look out for the email notice if you are on GM Living Wage Campaign’s separate mailing list. If you’re not on this list contact me and I will put you on.
We are also busy planning events for Living Wage Week which runs from November 11-17th, 2019. One event already in the diary is on November 13th. This is a joint event between us and the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter. The event will be in the form of a briefing and networking session for employers who are Supporters of the Charter. Another area of activity we are exploring is the Living Hours Campaign promoted by the Living Wage Foundation. We are currently in discussions with GM Citizens and the Living Wage foundation about delivering a training session on this issue in GM later in the year for those who want to find out more. If you want any information or to get involved with GMLWC please contact me.
September 10th, 2019
The Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign is continuing to plan activities for Living Wage Week which runs from November 11th – 15th. In particular we are working with the GM Good Employment Charter team at The Growth Hub to deliver a specific event on the Real Living Wage to employers who are Charter Supporters employers during Living Wage Week. We are also working closely with the Living Wage Foundation and Citizens GM on a collaborative approach to the Week.
Meanwhile, we are continuing to work on persuading and enabling the Co-operative Group to become a Real Living Wage Employer, and there are more campaign activities planned for the Autumn involving more grass roots local actions.
We continue to support Citizens GM in their campaign to get Manchester United and Manchester City to pay the real Living Wage to all their contracted and sub-contracted workers. The GM Living Wage Campaign has been promoting and supporting the Citizens UK petition which can be signed here. You can also see more about this campaign at GM LW Campaign’s Facebook page dedicated to this City/Utd campaign.
We are also putting a specific focus in the next few weeks on the Third Sector. The Campaign will support 10GM (the various Third Sector associations and coalitions in each borough) to encourage their members to become Real Living Wage Employers, devising specific offers and ways they can communicate it to their members, driving up pay in another sector that tends towards low pay.
Contact: John Hacking
August 9th, 2019
Since I started in the role of GM LW Campaign Co-ordinator there has been a lot to learn and a lot of people for me to meet. Thanks to everyone who has given me some time and shared their thoughts and knowledge with me. I’ve had positive meetings with both GM Citizens and The Living Wage Foundation about future working together. There’s lots happening with our campaign and we want to cover a few key points this month.
Campaign meeting: The first date for your diary is Sept 11th when we will be holding a meeting of the GM Living Wage Campaign Group. The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the latest aspects of the campaign and also look forward to Living Wage Week so we make the best of the opportunities that provides for us to promote Real Living Wage to employers across GM. If you want to know more about the meeting visit the Eventbrite link, where you can also register to say that you will attend, or email me
Living Wage Week: As people may know Living Wage Week is November 11– 15th and as usual there will be events in GM. We will be holding at least one event in the week with more details to follow next month. In addition we will be involved in an event in Salford on Nov 11th which will hopefully see the announcement of Salford as a Living Wage Place (more info about LW Places here). This event will see the announcement of the new Real Living Wage rates, meaning a pay rise for thousands of lower-paid workers across our city region.
July 10th, 2019
I’d like to introduce myself as the new Co-ordinator for the GM Living Wage Campaign. My employment background has been mostly in the voluntary and community sector, developing social enterprises, and working on employment and skills projects in Manchester. Latterly I was working to increase the amount of European Funding coming into communities in the North West to help to tackle poverty and inequality. I am a local councillor in Manchester and am a Governor at The Manchester College. I am really excited to be working with GMPA and other national and regional partners on this campaign which is of central importance to the quality of life of lots of workers in Greater Manchester.
I am committed to working to bring local authorities and other public bodies on board with the campaign, as well as businesses and charities. The recent announcement that Manchester City Council are seeking accreditation as a Living Wage Employer is fantastic news. The work going on across various sectors in Salford to create the first Living Wage Place is another really positive step forward for the Campaign. I believe that the key to a successful campaign is to get the Real Living Wage embedded into employment contracts and contracts right through the supply chain.
I want to build a campaign where everyone can help out and where we use the skills and knowledge of our partners to bring real tangible benefits to low paid workers across the North West. If you would like to join us in action on the Real Living Wage but are not yet signed up to receive updates directly from the Campaign please email me. If you can pay the Real Living Wage but are not yet accredited, why not join over 100 employers based in Greater Manchester, and apply for accreditation today – even better, let us know so we can support you and share the good news.
Coordinator, Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign
May 1st, 2019
Recruiting a new Campaign Coordinator
Our Campaign Coordinator Vicky Egerton, who was working for the campaign part-time, has started a full-time job so has had to step back from the Living Wage Campaign role. We want to thank Vicky for her work on the campaign, particularly last year’s Living Wage Week when she secured an important meeting with the Co-operative Group, and the development of a strategy for engaging local authorities.
We are therefore recruiting a new part-time coordinator.
January 29th, 2019
We need your help convincing Greater Manchester Councils and the Co-operative Group to become Living Wage accredited employers!
The GM Living Wage Campaign are planning our next steps to ramp up our campaign to secure a commitment to paying a real Living Wage through accreditation.
We have had some encouragement in this, with Oldham Council committing to join Salford as only the second Living Wage accredited council in Greater Manchester, but there are eight more still to go! Meanwhile the Co-op Group lags behind most of its competitors in terms of pay rates, but have recognised the need to change and are slowly catching up, under our influence.
Join us to share and plan influencing techniques and tactics, discuss campaign actions and develop a collective strategy to influence the Co-op Group and GM Councils and provide you with the support you need to campaign locally.
February 26th, 2019 from 3 – 4pm at Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GH Please RSVP to Victoria
November 13th, 2018
GM Living Wage Campaign – Living Wage Week!
Last week was the annual Living Wage Week, a chance to celebrate those employers paying the Real Living Wage, call on others to follow suit and also to set the new Living Wage rates. The new rates, £10.55 per hour in London and £9 per hour outside the capital, were announced at the start of the week. At GMLWC we celebrated Greater Manchester’s Living Wage accredited employers and called on other major employers in Greater Manchester to become accredited. We campaigned for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, to reduce in-work poverty and to help employers understand the benefits of paying the Real Living Wage.
Visit the Living Wage Foundation’s website to read more about the Real Living Wage, how it differs from the government’s “National Living Wage”, and how to sign up as an accredited Living Wage employer.
Highlights from Living Wage Week
Living Wage Foundation celebration event: On Monday, the Living Wage Foundation celebration event saw GM Mayor Andy Burnham’s commitment to the Living Wage cause and the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter as another way to encourage good employers. We continue to work on this with the Combined Authority.
Salford CVS: Alison Page announced that Salford CVS have become a Living Wage Friendly Funder to support charities to pay the Real Living Wage through their grant-making. They also pledged to encourage accreditation by paying the accreditation fees of 10 employers this year!
Co-op Group action: We campaigned to influence the Co-op Group to become an accredited Living Wage employer. Becoming a Living Wage accredited employer fits within their values and ethics, the Co-op Bank and Credit Union are already accredited and supermarkets such as Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi have already been paying the Real Living Wage to employees aged 18 and over.
We campaigned outside the Co-op HQ, had around 100 responses to our e-action calling for the Co-op Group to pay fair and MPs Lucy Powell, Afzal Khan and Yasmin Qureshi contacted the Co-op in support of our campaign. On the back of this, the Co-op agreed to meet us. They explained that paying the Real Living Wage is on their agenda and that while they are some way off at the moment, above-inflation pay rises in the last three years have moved them closer, and they agreed to meet with us and the Living Wage Foundation in the near future. We will continue to influence the Co-op Group.
We also attended GM Citizens‘ and University of Manchester Living Wage Campaign’s rally for a Living Wage to help influence the University to become Living Wage employers. Students at the University of Salford, which is accredited, are also calling for accreditation of their own Students’ Union!
October 31st, 2018
I am writing as the new coordinator of the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign. We are asking you to support a series of actions by the GM Living Wage Campaign and partners, in Living Wage Week 5th -11th November.
The GM Living Wage Campaign is hosted by GM Poverty Action and this year will be focusing on the Co-operative Group, while the Living Wage Foundation, GM Citizens and the University of Manchester Living Wage Campaign also take action to celebrate the role of Living Wage employers in the region and to encourage others to commit to ensuring the Real Living Wage for all of their workers.
So please write to Allan Leighton the Chair of the Co-operative Group, join us for a lunchtime demo as we gather outside Co-op’s HQ on 8th November.
Many thanks, I hope to see you soon, Vicky Egerton
Information about the full series of actions can be read here.
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.
Marcia, Debs. Chris and Sue at Unlimited Potential
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
* Feel the Churn: Tackling High Turnover Rates in Hospitality and Retail
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.
John Leigh, GM Living Wage Campaign
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
1 HR Review
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!
November 29th, 2017
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.
November 13th, 2017
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.
The meeting in Bolton
Nancy Brown, Oxfam, Sue Howarth , Bolton MBC and Peter Urwin, Unison at the Bolton meeting
The candlelight vigil outside BUPA in Gorton. On the left is Afzal Khan, MP for Manchester Gorton
Attendees at the unveiling of the
Living Wage Plaque at the
University of Manchester Students’ Union
October 30th, 2017
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.
October 17th, 2017
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.