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

January 13th, 2020

Happy New Year to everyone. 2020 promises to be another busy year for the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign (GMLWC) and we hope that you will feel able to get involved in activities where you can. The first meeting of the GMLWC Group in 2020 will take place on February 5th at Church House in Central Manchester. The meeting is from 10am – 12 noon and is open to anyone interested in working to promote the Real Living Wage in Greater Manchester. Please let us know if you’ll be able to attend by filling in this form.

Please look out for the email notice if you are on GMWLC’s mailing list. If you’re not on this list  but would like to be, contact me and I will put you on.

There will be lots to discuss at the meeting, building on interest generated by activities in Living Wage Week in November 2019 as well as discussing plans for our priority activities for 2020 which will include working with partners and stakeholders in Local Authority areas to build on the three existing Local Authorities that are already Living Wage Employers (Salford, Oldham and Manchester). In addition we will be continuing the campaign to persuade the Co-op to become a Living Wage Employer and promoting the Real Living Wage to employers in the Voluntary and Community Sector. We will be organising a training event in the Spring around the issue of Living Wage Hours and we will be continuing to work alongside GM Citizens particularly on their campaign to get Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC to become Living Wage Employers. Lots to be done. I hope that you can get involved and bring your energy and skills to this important campaign.

In other news you may have seen the Government announcement that the minimum wage for over 25 year olds (referred to as the ‘National Living Wage’) will rise from the current rate of  £8.21 to £8.72 per hour in April 2020. You can read the cautious response from the Chief Executive of the Living Wage Foundation.

John Hacking GM Living Wage coordinator for GM Poverty Action

Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking

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

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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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