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.
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) 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 over 360.
To find out more about which employers in Greater Manchester are already paying the Real Living Wage click here.
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.
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
The work to make Greater Manchester a Real Living Wage City Region has continued through the summer and is set to culminate in the announcement of the three year Action Plan in Living Wage Week, November 2021. The Greater Manchester Real Living Wage Campaign has continued to work with partners on the City Region’s Steering Group and attended the latest meeting on September 17th. In addition to this we are working with GM Citizens to develop the strategy for the Campaign Sub Group of the Action Plan and will chair the first meeting of the Sub Group on September 23rd, 2021.
In our mission to bring you positive news about the Living Wage in GM, firstly we are delighted to welcome the recent appointment of Sophie Little as the Living Wage Foundation Programme Manager in the North West. Sophie joined the Living Wage Foundation in August 2021 and will be working on promoting the Living Wage across the region. She has worked for a range of charities including Teach First, The Challenge and The Social Mobility Foundation. She is passionate about championing the Real Living Wage and looks forward to expanding the existing work in the region. We look forward to working with her in the coming months.
Secondly, we are very pleased that progress was made on Monday September 13th on the work to make Manchester a Living Wage City, when Manchester City Council hosted a meeting of Manchester’s Anchor Institutions Network. Some of the biggest employers in the city met to launch the bid to become a Living Wage City. With over 130 Manchester-based employers already Real Living Wage Accredited Employers across a number of sectors, work is underway to accelerate the movement for all Manchester residents to benefit from the opportunity of access to good jobs.
The Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Bev Craig told us : “We are committed to making Manchester a fairer city where everyone benefits from its growth. For many people the best route out of poverty is still good quality employment. We know that paying the Real Living Wage isn’t just good for people, but good for business too. If any employers are thinking about joining, we would love to welcome them on board.”
We have also been busy working with partners to prepare for Living Wage Week, November 15th – 21st 2021. More details of the programme in GM will appear in the newsletter nearer the time. In the meantime if you are organising, or would like to organise an event in Living Wage Week please get in touch to see how we can help.
Best Wishes and Stay Safe.
GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
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We look forward to seeing you at local campaign events in the future.
The Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.
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