Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign
The prevalence of low paying work in the UK means that many working people lack the money they require to meet their basic needs and to participate fully in society. This is one the reasons why in-work poverty is so high in this country, including in Greater Manchester.
The Real Living Wage can play an important role in addressing low pay and boosting household income. The Real Living Wage is an hourly payrate set by campaigners that reflects the real cost of living in a way that the statutory minimum set by government doesn’t.
Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) hosts the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign. This involves advocating for widespread adoption of the Real Living Wage by employers across the city region.
The Campaign’s mission has always been to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage City Region. In 2021, that became Greater Manchester’s mission. GMPA is helping to make this a reality. There were just 26 Real Living Wage accredited employers in Greater Manchester when the GM Living Wage Campaign started. By the end of June 2021 there were over 360.
To find out more about which employers in Greater Manchester are already paying the Real Living Wage click here.
To get involved in the campaign or to discuss your organisation becoming an accredited employer, please contact us.
To find out more about the Real Living Wage please visit the Living Wage Foundation website. The Foundation promotes this agenda nationally and sets the new hourly living wage payrates each autumn. There is information about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer here.
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. If you would like to receive information on the campaign directly please sign up by emailing the campaign coordinator.
Living Wage Week 2021
Living Wage Week, November 15th – 21st, saw events every day of the week in Greater Manchester to celebrate the fight for a decent wage for all.
Bury Council Leader Eamonn O’Brien with Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking
On Monday at the People’s History Museum we learned the new rate for the Real Living Wage (RLW) of £9.90 per hour (outside London). This represents a pay rise for thousands of lower-paid workers in the city region. The event also heard Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham set out the plan to make Greater Manchester the first RLW City Region in the UK (more on that below), with the objective of every worker in Greater Manchester receiving at least the RLW by 2030. There were some great contributions from a wide range of speakers and in particular, a passionate plea to end low pay in the care sector from Danni Dolan, a care worker and Unison member.
At the event Eamonn O’Brien, the Leader of Bury Council, was presented with a plaque to celebrate the local authority becoming a RLW employer. Bury is the fourth Council in Greater Manchester to take this important step, joining Manchester, Salford and Oldham.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday members of GMPA’s team attended events organised by Salford CVS, pro.manchester and The Mustard Tree respectively. “There’s an intrinsic connection between the happiness of employees and the productivity of a company” said Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership Chair Lou Cordwell at the pro.manchester event, “As employers, we have a massive responsibility to do the right thing.” The room was full of business leaders, some who already pay the RLW and some who planned to, and were there to find out more.
On Thursday November 18th Greater Manchester Poverty Action hosted a policy roundtable event to mark Living Wage Week. The event was attended by a range of policy makers and opinion formers including businesses, VCSE representatives, academia, trade unions and the Living Wage Foundation. The discussion focused on how to build on the RLW work being done in Greater Manchester to tackle in-work poverty, with questions such as: how ambitious can we be? what sectors should we be focussing on? and what else needs to happen in policy terms?
One of the most important elements of the Week was the launch of the Greater Manchester Living Wage City Region Action Plan, which we have been actively involved in shaping over the last year. Greater Manchester is the first city-region officially recognised by the Living Wage Foundation for its ambitious plans to increase take up of the RLW. The aim is to raise the number of accredited RLW Employers from 384 to 650 in three years, with all businesses paying the RLW by 2030.
This is a big step towards GMPA’s objective to boost household incomes and financial resilience across Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking
Best Wishes and Stay Safe.
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We look forward to seeing you at local campaign events in the future.
The Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.
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