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

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

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.

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.

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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