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

September 14th, 2020

Over the previous few months we have been discussing with our partners and supporters of the GMLWC a range of issues relating to the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown on our GM economy, what the future looks like and how we #buildbackbetter.

Alongside the discussions about policy and strategy we have also been discussing how, as a campaign, we adapt to the changed circumstances and continue to fight for and promote the Real Living Wage amongst employers and workers. A clear change to the way we campaign is to make more and better use of online campaigning to get the message across.

As part of this different approach we are developing a series of podcasts which we hope will help to stimulate debate about how we put the #better into #buildbackbetter. These podcasts are in a series of three entitled ‘Decent Work, Poverty, and the Real Living Wage in the Post Lockdown GM Economy’.

The first of these podcasts is available now. It features GMLWC Coordinator John Hacking in conversation with GM Mayor Andy Burnham. You can listen here.

Look in future newsletters for details of the other podcasts in the series or by checking back at GMPA Podcasts. The remaining podcasts will feature discussions with GMPA Director, Graham Whitham about the work GMPA is doing and also a discussion with representatives of the Manchester Poverty Truth Commission about the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown on those with lived experience of poverty.

Prof Ed Heery GMLWC podcast for GM Poverty Action

Ed Heery

To accompany this series of three podcasts is one in which GMLWC Coordinator discusses the Real Living Wage: Extent and Impact with Ed Heery who is Professor of Employment Relations at the Cardiff Business School and one of the country’s leading authorities on the Real Living Wage. In the podcast Ed outlines the work he has done on the extent of the Real Living Wage in the UK and the impact it has had on both employees and employers. Ed also talks about the impact of Covid-19 on the Real Living Wage as we emerge from lockdown.

The podcast interview with Professor Heery 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

Twitter : @GMlivingwage  Facebook: www.facebook.com/gmlivingwage

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 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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