The Week started with our flagship event, Living Wage for Greater Manchester 2015. Hosted by the University of Salford, we announced the new Living Wage rate – £8.25, a pay rise for thousands of workers across Greater Manchester.
We heard from businesses, charities, councillors and campaigners about the steps they are taking to champion the Living Wage across the city region – you can see more of what they said here – with well-deserved awards given to Salut Wines and Anne-Marie Hopkins of Procure Plus for being particularly wonderful Living Wage Champions!
We took a moment to celebrate a 600% increase in Living Wage Employers based in Gtr Manchester since our launch two years ago – we’re now up to 97 – before discussing how we could double this number again in the next year.
In the second half of the morning we joined workshops, generating dozens of creative ideas for bigger and better Living Wage campaigning in the year ahead. The event was covered in the Manchester Evening News and by Living Wage Employer Rochdale Online
On the Tuesday University of Manchester Living Wage Campaign celebrated their Students’ Union’s accreditation as a Living Wage Employer, and discussed how best to bring their University onto the same path.
Thursday saw the first meeting of the Manchester Metropolitan University Living Wage Campaign, and a Living Wage street stall run on Rochdale’s Yorkshire Street.
Finally on the Friday, we spoke at a meeting in Tameside at Ikea, with Angela Rayner MP, the leader of Tameside Council Kieran Quinn and several local employers – there was a real determination to make Tameside one of the leading boroughs for the Living Wage, and we look forward to working with them to achieve this!
So, 5 events across two cities and two towns, with over a hundred people in attendance and thousands of people represented. It was a credit to every volunteer, every campaigner and every Living Wage Employer who gave their time and their resources to bring it all together. The next steps for the campaign will be discussed on 24th November, 2-4pm, at a different venue than usual, Macc. We will review the week and discuss the suggestions made in the Monday events workshops.
It was a week full of celebration about where we have got to, and full of promise about where we could be by the time Living Wage Week 2016 comes around!