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.
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
John Hacking GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
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.