Three weeks on from Living Wage Week (9th to 15th November) we’ve had chance to draw breath and reflect on an incredibly busy and successful week. The week started on Monday with a North West event organised by the Living Wage Foundation. At this event, Steve Rotherham the Liverpool City Region Mayor announced the new real Living Wage rate as £9.50 (£10.85 in London).
At the same event the GM Mayor Andy Burnham called on partners and stakeholders to work together to make Greater Manchester the first real Living Wage City Region in the UK. We are offering our experience, assistance and support to achieve that ambition as soon as possible. This is a significant step change in the fight against low pay in GM and we look forward to working with many of you in the coming months to make this ambition a reality.
Living Wage Week was obviously very different this year and our Campaign activities focussed on three online events with our partners to highlight a range of issues relating to the Real Living Wage and its importance in building back better from the pandemic:
Tuesday November 10th – Pay All Key Workers the Real Living Wage Rally
GM Living Wage Campaign and GM Citizens held an online rally in support of the Real Living Wage for all key workers. We heard testimonies from key workers and about national progress towards the Real Living Wage in social care. Key speakers were Steve North and Conor McGurran from UNISON.
Wednesday November 11th – Bolton: A Real Living Wage
GM Living Wage Campaign and our partners in Bolton, Boo Consulting and Coaching celebrated and promoted the Real Living Wage in Bolton. In the webinar we heard from accredited Living Wage employers in Bolton as well as employers who are interested in joining the movement.
Thursday November 12th – Exploring Challenges to Paying the Real Living Wage
In partnership with The Greater Manchester Employment Charter this event looked at the Real Living Wage in the context of the post pandemic economy. We had a panel, made up of representatives of the GM Living Wage Campaign, the Living Wage Foundation, USDAW and a representative from Rowlinson Knitwear, a Real Living Wage accredited employer. The event can be viewed here
There were a lot of other things going on. The Living Wage Foundation along with partners in Salford produced a short film promoting the Real Living Wage and Salford’s ambition to become England’s first Living Wage City. You can view the film here.
Our colleagues in the Greater Manchester Housing Providers Partnership (GMHP) (many of whom are already Real Living Wage accredited employers) released a report on the work they have done to support residents into work and the commitment they are continuing to make towards the Real Living Wage movement in GM. The report can be read here.
Best Wishes and Stay Safe.
Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Co-ordinator, John Hacking