Get the University of Manchester to pay the real Living Wage!

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We, the undersigned, are in support of the implementation of the Living Wage in Greater Manchester and ask the University of Manchester, a major employer in the city, to demonstrate its commitment to the Living Wage by becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.

In 2015, George Osborne introduced the so-called national Living Wage, which was called by Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, a “higher minimum wage” rather than a proper living wage. The real Living Wage we are asking the University to pay is adjusted annually for inflation to ensure working meets the costs of living, and does not only apply to those over 25.  

The Living Wage Foundation act as independent auditors of Living Wage Employers, ensuring that every accredited employer pays all staff that work regularly for the organisation the Living Wage. This must include all staff employed by subsidiaries and those who are sub-contracted. The Foundation also act to ensure that all accredited employers’ pay rates are kept in line with the Living Wage when it is recalculated and announced every November.

By asking them to become accredited, we are asking the University to ensure that all staff employed by them directly, and their wholly owned subsidiary, UMC Ltd., are paid the real Living Wage. This move will solidify the University of Manchester’s position as a force for good in Greater Manchester, joining the Student's Union and the University of Salford as accredited Living Wage employers. 

In 2013, the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission reported that 12.3% of Greater Manchester’s employees are paid less than the real Living Wage, while in 2012, 66% of households in poverty had at least one working parent.

To combat these worrying trends, and to lead the way in its role as one of Greater Manchester’s foremost innovators, we are asking the University of Manchester to make a lasting, public commitment to pay the Living Wage – 8.75/hour at the time of writing – and become accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. This would provide those on minimum pay with almost £2000 of income extra per annum.

Please sign the petition and join us in asking the University of Manchester to take a stand against in-work poverty and become Living Wage accredited!

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