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.
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.
Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking
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.
GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
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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.