Greater 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.

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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.

GMPA hosts the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign. This involves advocating for widespread adoption of the Real Living Wage by employers across the city region.

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 2021 there were 315.

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Further 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.

Latest news

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

We continue to work closely with our partners and colleagues to develop the Action Plan to make Greater Manchester the first Real Living Wage city region in the UK. Part of GMPA’s role in this Action Plan is delivering the Campaign sub-group in partnership with GM Citizens.

In order to engage with as many potential contributors to the Campaign sub-group as possible, we are holding a GM Living Wage Campaign meeting on Thursday June 24th, 2021 at 2pm. The meeting, which will be online, will focus on how you can get involved in the Action Plan over the next few months and will look at our priorities for the sectors, places, and events where we want to see action. To register for the meeting please go to this Eventbrite booking page.

We cannot sufficiently stress the importance of the Real Living Wage campaign. New research produced by the Living Wage Foundation has found that key workers are £1.6bn out of pocket, as a result of being paid less than the Real Living Wage during the pandemic.

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The analysis used the government definitions of ‘key worker’ occupations to highlight that, in the year from March 2020 to March 2021, almost a fifth of the UK’s key workers were being paid less than the Real Living Wage with this disparity amounting to an average of over £900 a year.

Speaker for GM Poverty Action podcastsIn addition to this, we continue to work with partners across GM on a range of local campaigns. One of the activities we promote, and support, is to encourage more local authorities to become Real Living Wage Employers. As reported previously Bury Council recently made a commitment to become a Real Living Wage Employer. In the latest in our series of podcasts we spoke to Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, Leader of Bury Council about a range of issues related to the fight against poverty and in particular the plans to make Bury Council the 4th local authority in GM to become a Living Wage Employer. You can listen the podcast on our website here

GMPA also released a series of 4 podcasts over the Autumn 2020 on how to rebuild the economy of Greater Manchester following the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcasts are hosted by John Hacking, coordinator of the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign and can be listened to by simply clicking on one of the speaker icons next to the text on this page.

John Hacking GM Living Wage coordinator for GM Poverty Action

John Hacking

Best Wishes and Stay Safe.

GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
John Hacking

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


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