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

June 26th, 2020

As Greater Manchester emerges from the lockdown, we need to work to make sure the coming recession doesn’t mean a race to the bottom for workers in GM.

We need to work together to ensure that we deliver the ‘Better’ in the #BuildBackBetter strategy and build back in a way that protects and improves the conditions and pay of our lowest paid workers.

We need to support the key workers who have supported us all through this crisis and campaign to make sure that at the very least, they are paid the Real Living Wage.

That was the message from the most recent GMLWC Think Group held on June 16th.

It will also be the theme of the GMLWC Webinar on July 8th, 2020 entitled Decent Work, the Real Living Wage and Post Covid. Click on the link to register a place, or email me for more details.

The wider question of Equalities Issues in the Workplace, The BAME Community, the Real Living Wage and Pay Disparities was the title of a discussion by the GM Employment Charter Supporters Network on June 18th, 2020. I was a panellist and the blog arising from the discussion and the reply of the webinar can be viewed by clicking on the link.


John Hacking GM Living Wage coordinator for GM Poverty Action

Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking

Best Wishes and Stay Safe.

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 programme.

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