Living Wage infographic for Gm Poverty ActionGreater 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) runs the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign. This involves advocating for widespread adoption of the Real Living Wage by employers across the city region.

Living Wage Infographic for GM Poverty Action

 

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 2022 there were 498.

 

To find out more about which employers in Greater Manchester are already paying the Real Living Wage click here.

 

GMLW Infographic No of LW employers for GM Poverty ActionFurther information

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.

 

 


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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. If you would like to receive information on the campaign directly please sign up by emailing the campaign coordinator.

Greater Manchester Real Living Wage Campaign Update

Andy Burnham & John Hacking at the LW Awards 2022 for GM Poverty Action

Mayor Andy Burnham with John Hacking,
GMPA’s GM Living Wage
Campaign Coordinator

Living Wage Champions Awards 2022

The Living Wage Champions Awards ceremony was held in London on July 5th.

The Living Wage Champion Awards celebrates individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement.

We are delighted to say that there were three winners from across Greater Manchester.

  • The Living Wages Places Award won by the GM City Region Living Wage Action Group.
  • The Living Wage Campaign of the Year Award won by the GM Care Workers Demand a Pay Rise
  • The Living Wage Week Event Award won by Pro Manchester.

Salford businessman, Chris Smallwood, presenting awards.

The GM Living Wage Places Award was accepted on behalf of GM partners by Mayor Andy Burnham and a number of the awards were presented by Chris Smallwood of Salford based Real Living Wage Employer, Anchor Removals.

This year there were twenty-two winners across twelve categories.

There is a full list of 2022 Living Wage Champion winners here.

Watch this video to hear from the Living Wage Champions what the Living Wage means during a cost-of-living crisis.

Increase in Real Living Wage Brought Forward

To help millions deal with the cost-of-living crisis the Living Wage Foundation will be bringing their annual announcement of the Real Living Wage rates forward to September. Usually announced in November as part of Living Wage Week, the Living Wage Foundation have this year decided to announce the new rates two months early to encourage employers to pay staff the increased rates as soon as possible. The rate is currently £9.90 in the UK and a higher London rate of £11.05 to reflect the higher cost of living in the capital.

More Real Living Wage Employers in Salford

This month Salford have announced great progress on the number of accredited employers in the borough. Currently there are 92 accredited employers across Salford which represents 24,485 workers now earning the Real Living Wage. This is excellent news and ahead of the targets set 3 years ago when the Real Living Wage City Action Plan was launched.

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 2022 there were 498.

However, our recently launched 2022 Poverty Monitor found that 195,000 workers in Greater Manchester earn less than the Real Living Wage of £9.90 an hour – which shows there is still so much work to do across our city region.

If you want to join in the campaign against low pay and for a Real Living Wage get in touch for more details.

John Hacking, GMLWC coordinator for GM Poverty Action

John Hacking, GMLWC Coordinator

 

Best Wishes and Stay Safe.

GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
John Hacking

Twitter : @GMlivingwage  Facebook: www.facebook.com/gmlivingwage

We look forward to seeing you at local campaign events in the future.


 

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