Living Wage Campaign
In 2012 Labour Students campaigned successfully for all non-student SU employees to receive the living wage, but the campaign does not stop here, we need to take the campaign further to ensure that all university employees also receive the living wage.
The living wage campaign is a campaign for just that! The living wage has been calculated on the cost of living standards, and is currently set at £8.21 (excluding London). The current national minimum wage for ages 21-24 is £7.70 and is £6.15 for ages 18-20 (from April 2019).
The living wage campaign was set up by campaigners in London who were frustrated with the poverty they saw around them.
“The causes of poverty are complex and in order to improve lives there should be a package of solutions across policy areas. The Living Wage can be part of the solution. Over 45,000 families have been lifted out of working poverty as a direct result of the Living Wage.”
The living wage is not just about wellbeing and lifting people out of poverty, it makes good business sense too.
“Two thirds of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organization. 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organization’s commitment to be an ethical employer.”
All employers paying the living wage have the opportunity to become accredited with the living wage foundation, and have access to their resources.
In Nottingham the county council has made a commitment to implementing the living wage for all their employers, and the city council are looking into the logistics of implementing it too.
For the past 2 years, we have successfully campaigned to get the University to pay their staff the Living Wage, but they have not acredited to the Living Wage Foundation, meaning it could be taken away at any time. We are currently campaigning for acreditation and for the SU to pay it's students the living wage.