Towards a Living Wage in the North West

Nixon Todd, Carl Greatbatch, Angela Rayner (all UNISON) and Lynne Collins (NW TUC) at the Living Wage event at Manchester College.

Nixon Tod, Carl Greatbatch, Angela Rayner (all UNISON) and Lynn Collins (NW TUC) at the Living Wage event at Manchester College.

Participants from UNISON and the TUC were in attendance at the Living Wage Foundation event in Manchester.

There are now 50 North West employers who are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation – up from just five a year ago.

Speakers from employers who pay the living wage – Manchester College, Salford Council, Salford University and KPMG – described the advantages in paying it in terms of both organisational performance and social justice.

Niall Cooper from Church Action on Poverty stated that 140,000 people in Greater Manchester earn less than the living wage.

The Living Wage is an idea that’s time has come. The progress over the last year is welcome and there are a huge number of people who could benefit from it. As Charlotte Fischer from Citizens UK commented, there is still a long way to go.

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