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) runs 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 November 2022 there were over 550.
Click on the button to find out which Greater Manchester Employers are paying the Real Living Wage
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.
Living Wage Week 2022
Living Wage Week 2022 took place from November 14th – 20th and as usual there were a number of activities in Greater Manchester throughout the week.
Octagon Theatre Chief Executive
Roddy Gauld, being given their
Living Wage Accreditation by
GM Mayor Andy Burnham.
Events kicked off on Monday November 14th at the Octagon Theatre Bolton with the launch event for Living Wage Week in Greater Manchester. It was held at the Bolton Octagon to celebrate the theatre becoming the 500th Real Living Wage Accredited Employer in GM. The Octagon Chief Executive Roddy Gauld was presented with their accreditation certificate by Mayor Andy Burnham. They are the first theatre in the North West to become an Real Living Wage Accredited Employer. GMPA’s John Hacking and Graham Whitham attended the event along with a large number of partners from across the city region. The new Real Living Wage rate would normally be announced at the start of Living Wage Week but given soaring inflation rates, the new rate of £10.90 per hour was announced in September to encourage employers to pay staff the increased rate as soon as possible.
Tuesday 15th saw an event at the Manchester City Art Gallery celebrating Manchester becoming a Living Wage Place. The event was very well attended and saw speakers including Bev Craig, the Leader of Manchester City Council, Patrick Dawd from Caritas, Debra King the CEO of Brighter Sounds and Thomas Waring from Macc.
Pro-Manchester held an event on Wednesday 16th entitled Exploring the Business Case for the Real Living Wage. Speakers included Mayor Andy Burnham and Ian McArthur from the GM Good Employment Charter.
On Thursday 17th an event was hosted by Salford CVS in conjunction with Mustard Tree and Loaves and Fishes which looked at the ongoing progress that Salford is making as England’s first city working to become a truly Living Wage Place. There was a presentation on the Living Hours Campaign and how it connects to the Real Living Wage.
During the week there was significant amounts of coverage on social media and GMLWC promoted much of the activity through its social media accounts and it’s use of #GMLivingWage on Twitter.
If you want to join in the campaign against low pay and for a Real Living Wage get in touch for more details.
John Hacking, GMLWC Coordinator
Best Wishes and Stay Safe.
GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
Twitter : @GMlivingwage Facebook: www.facebook.com/gmlivingwage
We look forward to seeing you at local campaign events in the future.
The Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign is run by Greater Manchester Poverty Action.
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