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.

Latest news

Greater Manchester Real Living Wage Campaign Update

At the moment, most of my time is taken up working with partners to develop the Action Plan to make Greater Manchester the first Real Living Wage City Region in the UK.

Following the end of the election period it is anticipated that the Action Plan will be launched and the real work of delivering the vision of GM as a Real Living Wage City Region will begin in earnest. I am working alongside GM Citizens to develop the campaigning strand that will underpin some of the work of the other partners and stakeholders involved in the Action Plan and the Steering Group. This all sounds quite bureaucratic at the moment, and in truth it probably is, but when the plan is launched, we will have a GM Living Wage Campaign Meeting and really begin to see how we, at a local and grassroots level, can make the best contribution to the delivery of this ambitious and exciting vision. Look out for details of the GM Living Wage Campaign meeting in the next few weeks. In the meantime if you would like to know more about the development of the GM City Region Real Living Wage Action Plan or how you can get involved please contact me.

One of the key partners we work with is the Living Wage Foundation, who are responsible for setting the real Living Wage and for accrediting employers. They are working closely with us on the development of the GM City Region Real Living Wage Action Plan and are currently recruiting for someone to work on the GM Action Plan in the North West. The closing date for applications for this position is May 24th, 2021, and full details are available here

As part of the work that GM Citizens do alongside us to promote and develop the Living Wage movement in Greater Manchester, they are holding a series of four training sessions across May and June 2021. The series will give a theoretical and practical tool-kit for campaigning for the Real Living Wage. More details can be found here.


John Hacking GM Living Wage coordinator for GM Poverty Action

Best Wishes and Stay Safe.

GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
John Hacking

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The Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.

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