Crowdsourcing – help make Greater Manchester the first Living Wage City Region‏

Our campaign has already had great success:

  • 1 local council

  • 100 Living Wage Employers locally

  • 1,000s of workers benefiting

A reasonable estimate would put our direct and indirect impacts at over £2m, straight into the pockets of Greater Manchester’s lower-paid workers.

Every pound given to the campaign has therefore been multiplied more than 60x, and gone directly to tackling in-work poverty.

We want Greater Manchester to be the first Living Wage City Region, but there is a long way still to go.


Can you make a donation to help keep the Campaign running?

As you may have heard, we are looking for a new coordinator for the campaign, but at present we’re only able to offer a temporary contract, because we only have funding assured until December.

We believe in job security and would really like to be able to offer longer terms to our new coordinator! In addition they will be more effective in the role if they’re able to plan for the long-term.

In three short years our local Living Wage campaign has become one of the most effective in the country. We have reached over 100 local LW Employers, and delivered pay rises for thousands of the lowest-paid workers across the city region.

We have done all of this this on a very modest budget, and therefore offer fantastic “value for money” for those who want to tackle the underlying causes of poverty. This is partly because of the work of so many great campaigners who give their time for free to make the magic happen, but we also need a paid coordinator to harness and equip the efforts of those campaigners.

So we’re asking our supporters to consider making a donation to the campaign – either monthly or one-off. If 50 of the people who receive this email were to give £10 each per month, this would cover more than half of our needs at current levels.

The funds for the campaign are administered by the charity Church Action on Poverty, so you can Gift-Aid any donations too.

Please give now to support the work of the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign

Alternatively if you’d rather not give online, please write a cheque payable to “Church Action on Poverty”, with “For GM LW Campaign” on the back, and send it to Church Action on Poverty, Dale House, Unit 28 Sandpiper Court, Water’s Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ – they’ll pass it all on to the campaign.

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Vacancy: Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator (Part Time)

Help put social equality at the heart of how Greater Manchester works

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Campaign Coordinator (part-time)

£25,727 – £29,528 p.a. pro rata

14 hours per week, Salford (home working negotiable)

1 August – 30 November 2016, with possible extension subject to funding

The Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign is a coalition of people and organisations who want to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage Zone.

You will work with the campaign group to devise strategies and actions to promote the Living Wage across the city region, and to ensure that those strategies and actions are carried out. The Coordinator is also the main representative of the campaign, and will attend meetings with key stakeholders and decision-makers in the city, as well as representing the campaign to the wider world.

The key focus for this short-term contract is to coordinate the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign’s activities for Living Wage Week at the start of November 2016.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 15 June 2016

Interviews in Salford, Thursday 30 June 2016.

The post comes with 25 days’ annual leave (pro rata) and a generous employer’s pension contribution.
Click to download an application pack:

Or call Janet on 0161 236 9321. No CVs please.

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We’ve reached 100 Living Wage Employers!


100 celebration 1Greater Manchester is now home to over 100 accredited Living Wage Employers, who pay the full Living Wage rate of £8.25/hr or above to all of their staff. Greater Manchester is the first city region in the country outside London to reach this milestone.

This is a great achievement for the campaign, and for each and every Living Wage employer that has made it happen. It means a significant pay rise for thousands of the lowest paid staff in the region. There were only 16 Living Wage Employers based in Gtr Manchester when we launched just 2½ years ago.

Four businesses from Manchester, Salford, Trafford, and Wigan respectively, were accredited on the same day, so we’re counting each of them as the 100th employer! This takes the number of Greater Manchester-based Living Wage employers up from 99 to 103. More than half of these are within the city of Manchester. That compares to 39 in Birmingham, the next highest besides London.

Tom Skinner, Coordinator of the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign said:

“When this campaign launched two and a half years ago, there were only 16 Living Wage employers across the whole of Greater Manchester. What’s more, in-work poverty was not widely discussed or understood as a major concern for the region. We set out to change that, and today we celebrate having 103 Living Wage Employers.

“We have shown that Greater Manchester can go one better than the Government’s “National Living Wage” of £7.20/hr, which isn’t a Living Wage because it’s not based on the cost of living.

“But this is only the start – we want to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage Zone; to put Living Wage policy and a culture of social equality at the heart of how Greater Manchester works. There are still many people in work who struggle to get by, so there’s a lot more work to be done.”

Niel Bethell, Managing Director of High Access (one of the 100th local Living Wage Employers), said:

“I’m proud that High Access has been accredited as a living wage employer, and wanted to share why we felt this was an important move. First things first. When was the last time any of us went into a business meeting or started a day’s work thinking we’d give it the minimum investment required and expected to get the best results? Nothing about the way we do business at High Access involves a minimum effort as we seek to consistently deliver the height of expertise.

“As an employer, we wanted to ensure our people felt valued and rewarded fairly for the great work they do. For us, we’re looking to harness the ambition and discretionary effort of our already motivated team, so that we can all grow together and allow future investment by going the extra mile (or in our case skyward) for our clients.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Tony Lloyd said:

“Without the Living Wage, people can find themselves in work, yet still in poverty. This is scandalous and counter-productive. The Living Wage helps people to live their lives, realise their aspirations, and contribute fully to their local communities and the economy, which benefits us all – including businesses.

“If Greater Manchester is to flourish and thrive, we must provide the incentive, opportunities and skills that will enable local people to support themselves and their families. I urge more local employers to look at the benefits of providing a Living Wage and help Greater Manchester establish itself as a place that truly values the people that live and work here; that sees employees as assets to be nurtured and protected, not just an expenditure that must be offset against profits.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said:

“I am so excited to see that more and more Greater Manchester employers are becoming proud adopters of the voluntary Living Wage. It’s great that we have such a diverse group of employers both large and small ranging from The Co-operative Bank to Bradley’s Bakery showing their belief that a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. This is the best route to fighting the in-work poverty that so many people in Greater Manchester struggle with.”

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Man City & Man United, Pay the Living Wage!

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The Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign is calling on Manchester’s biggest and richest football clubs, to bring in the Living Wage for all of their workers.

Please Like and Share the Facebook page to show your support and to get involved in upcoming campaign actions.

Watch this space for more news on those actions, but for now here’s the FB page for you to join –

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Living Wage at the Co-op? Please Take Action Now!‏

Living Wage Valentines

The Co-operative Group isn’t yet paying the Living Wage to all of its staff, despite many retailers having come on board in the last year. Many of us would love to see the Group sign up, as a big local employer with ethics at its heart, so with Valentines Day coming up we decided to tell them how we feel! What’s more, if you write before Valentine’s Day you can enter yourself into a prize draw!

Main Action – Just click on this link, re-write it in your own words if you’d like to, send, and when you’re done, tell the Living Wage Foundation for a chance to win a wide range of goodies from some of the best Living Wage employers around. The e-action’s being hosted by our friends at CAP as a favour, and no details are being collected.

Further Action 1 – If you’re really keen on getting the Living Wage into the Co-op, why not tweet about it as well, to @TheCooperative with the #CoopLWNow hashtag

Further Action 2 – We’re going to the Co-op Group’s head office on Friday 12th February to give them a giant Valentine’s card asking them to love the Living Wage. We’d love as many people as possible to join us for 1:30pm, at One Angel Square, Manchester, M60 0AG


Update – the Co-op have written back to us, and have asked us to pass the response on to everyone – click here to read it. In summary, the letter: 

  • agrees that their pay rates had fallen behind those of some other retailers
  • says that a significant pay deal struck with trade union USDAW last year has gone some way to addressing this
  • acknowledges that this is only a first step

We agree, and hope that it is the first step on the road to the full Living Wage! We will go ahead with our plans for Friday and encourage everyone to keep writing, sharing, tweeting, and if possible to join us at 1:30pm on Friday at One Angel Square, Manchester, M60 0AG


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Living Wage Conference in Ashton

THE campaign for a full Living Wage for workers in Ashton-under-Lyne is being stepped up by local MP, Angela Rayner.

She has organised a special conference for local businesses, following a successful round-table discussion last year.

Angela and Tameside Council leader Kieran Quinn are jointly hosting the conference, with support from the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, at Dukinfield Town Hall, in King Street (SK16 4LA) on Friday, 12 February, between 10.00am-12 noon

The conference will host open discussions about both the difficulties and benefits for business of implementing the Living Wage of £8.25 an hour in Tameside.

Angela said: “Its important that local politicians and local businesses can develop a stronger understanding of implementing the Living Wage and build a more effective relationship to help grow the local economy and develop our workforce.”

Representatives of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and local businesses who have already implemented the Living Wage will speak at the event.

Also attending will be senior representatives of Tameside Council to talk about the help the local authority can provide to businesses, as well as representatives from New Charter, IKEA, Ashton Pioneer Homes, MIND, CVAT and local trade unions.

The Living Wage of £8.25 has resulted in a pay rise for thousands of the lowest-paid workers across Greater Manchester.  It is a voluntary rate that is set annually by the Living Wage Foundation and is separate from the Government’s “National Living Wage” of £7.20 an hour which is due to be implemented this April.


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GM Living Wage Campaign Meeting – Please Join Us!

We are meeting up on Tuesday 2nd Feb. It’ll be a chance to reconnect, feed into plans for 2016, and a chance for you to get resourced to go out and campaign for the Living Wage where you are.

Everyone is welcome to join us, it’ll be 2-4pm in Room 101, Unison North West Regional Centre, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1UN.

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