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 £9.50 an hour (£10.85 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.
Working to make Greater Manchester a Real Living Wage City Region
As reported in the previous newsletter, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is leading a plan to make Greater Manchester the first Real Living Wage (RLW) City Region in the UK.
On February 23rd we held a GM Living Wage Campaign meeting to look at progress so far and to discuss how our supporters and activists could get involved in the emerging RLW City Region Action Plan. We were joined by Andy Burnham at the meeting as well as representatives of the GM Combined Authority, the Living Wage Foundation, and supporters from the private sector, social housing sector, faith groups, VCSE and trade unions. We discussed the importance of the campaign to become a RLW City Region being inclusive, multi-sector and rooted in local communities and workplaces. Other points included publicising positive examples of the RLW, data on the business case for employers becoming RLW accredited, and measuring the outcomes of the Action Plan. There should be real-life examples of where workers’ pay has been increased and the impact on their lives and that of their families.
Following the success of the meeting we at GMLWC have fully committed ourselves to work with the Mayor and others to achieve the GM RLW ambition. The aim of GM being a RLW city region has been a key aim of the GMLWC since its inception and will form a significant part of our work over the next few months.
More good news!
In the spirit of optimism and hope that many people are feeling after the long difficult previous 12 months, I want to report a couple of developments in GM that are a cause for celebration.
First is the news that Bury Council are on their way to joining Oldham, Salford and Manchester as councils in GM who are RLW accredited employers. The good news from Bury is that at the budget council meeting in February it was agreed that Bury Council would seek accreditation as a RLW Employer and a working group has been established to oversee the implementation of this.
The second piece of good news is that Salford Credit Union have become a RLW employer.
This quote from Salford Credit Union is a great note to end on:
“The Living Wage movement hopes to rebuild a fairer and more equal society, ensuring that workers are rewarded and valued. Together, we are helping to build back a better normal.”
Best Wishes and Stay Safe.
GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
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The Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.
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