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

February 10th, 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.

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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