Welcome to the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign.

We are a coalition of people and organisations who want to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage Zone; to challenge low pay; to put Living Wage policy and a culture of social equality at the heart of how Greater Manchester works.

What is it?

      • A voluntary hourly rate set independently and updated annually
      • The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK
      • The current UK Living Wage is £9.30 an hour (£10.75 an hour in London)
      • Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis
      • The Living Wage enjoys cross party support
      • Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society
      • The Living Wage Employer Mark and Service Provider Recognition Scheme provide an ethical badge for responsible pay

Please visit our partners the Living Wage Foundation for more information, including how to become an accredited Living Wage Employer.

Latest news

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.

John Hacking GM Living Wage coordinator for GM Poverty Action

Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking

GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
John Hacking

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Updates on the Greater Manchester campaign are published in Greater Manchester Poverty Action’s fortnightly newsletter  – which if you don’t already receive you can subscribe to here. You can also read the previous GM Living Wage campaign articles here and if you would like to receive information on the campaign directly please sign up by emailing the campaign coordinator.

We look forward to seeing you at local campaign events in the near future.


Our previous campaign news is archived here and if you wish, you can donate to the campaign here.

The Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action project.

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