Living Wage

The Growing Demand for a £10 National Minimum Wage

Alan Wyllie | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It isn't hard to find evidence of income inequality in the UK. One easy way of showing the blatant inequality in our society is by comparing the rises in NMW against the raises of CEO salaries over the same time period. If the NMW had risen at the same rate a CEO's salaries then the NMW would now be a whopping £19 p/h. With that in mind, a £10 per hour NMW does not seem too much to ask.

A Living Wage Without the Law

Kitty Ussher | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

For politicians seeking to raise the pay at the bottom, by all means celebrate those firms that embrace a Living Wage, but don't forget to focus on these structural issues.

This Is Not a Fight of Our Choosing

Christina McAnea | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Christina McAnea

NHS workers in England - including those at the top of the pay band- will be on the same rate of pay in April 2016 as they were on in April 2013... As unions, we have deliberately tried to take action that would minimise the impact on patients by only having a four- hour stoppage. Yet the underlying message we are getting from the Government's refusal to negotiate a settlement is that when, and until, it impacts on patients they won't take it seriously. So where does this leave us? Do they want us to escalate the action and cause real harm or will they talk to us about a reasonable settlement?

The Greens Are the True Party of the Left

Dr James Hannam | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

If you believe in drastic reform, you have to vote for it. The disengagement espoused by Russell Brand won't change anything. The Greens scoring ten or fifteen percent in a general election, together with a scatter of seats in the university towns, would make the established parties take notice.

Living Wage Week: The Big Business Model Needs Changing

Natalie Bennett | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

To give small business a chance we need to make big business and multinationals pay their fair share of taxes and give their staff decent wages and conditions. They need to treat their suppliers decently, obey the law and not act anti-socially.

The Living Wage and Students' Unions

Michael Segalov | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Segalov

Watching students and officers at unions around the UK become a living wage employer has inspired me, and the other officers at Sussex, to make this history. As a union we need to provide services, and don't make a profit. It's not as if labour is used to line the pockets of tax evading billionaires. But that's not the point.

Paying the Living Wage: Good for Workers, Good for the Economy

Frances O’Grady | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The simple truth is that many employers can afford to pay more. For large companies in sectors such as food production, banking, construction and software/computing - which employ over 1 million low- wage workers - paying all staff the living wage would mean an increase of less than 0.5 per cent of the total wage bill.

The Rate Is Up, But Far Too Few Are Being Paid the Living Wage

Dave Prentis | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Employers who do not pay at least the Living Wage, especially those who are turning a decent profit, need to wake up to the growing public outrage that so many among our workforce are expected to exist on poverty pay.

You're Getting A Pay Rise! (But Only If Your Boss Pays Living Wage)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK

The Living Wage is to increase by 20p to £7.85 an hour, boosting the pay of 35,000 workers, it has been announced. The new figure was revealed as a ...

The Scandal of Our Illegally Paid Care Workers

Matthew Egan | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Egan

Over 200,000 care workers, the people entrusted to look after our elderly and disabled, are regularly being paid less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) £6.50 an hour. Over 200,000 people, doing some of the most vital and important work in our society, are the victims of a crime which causes poverty and leads to untold pain and misery for our care users.

We Need to Talk About a Living Wage, Not a Minimum Wage

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

Ed Miliband is right to say of a raise in wages that 'It is about saying that this country does not work for millions of working people and we are going to change it.' He needs to follow his own argument to its logical conclusion.

Paying the Living Wage: How Transparency Makes It Happen

Charlie Mowat | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mowat

In my last blog, I wrote about how the minimum wage should be legally increased to living wage levels. Since then, the living wage has remained on my ...

Wake Up to Reality: We Must Be Bolder With the Minimum Wage

Charlie Mowat | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mowat

The advantages of raising the minimum wage seem to be very clear - motivated staff leading to higher productivity and lower turnover, a lower benefits bill and greater spending power in communities

The Minimum Wage Is Worthless Unless It's a Living One

Charlie Mullins | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

We need to make people want to work in this country and as far as I'm concerned we should abolish the National Minimum Wage, and replace it with a National Living Wage.

Jessica Elgot

Here's Proof An Extra £1.34 An Hour Can Make A Huge Difference

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

What difference does £1.34 make? According to a year-long study by the Living Wage Commission, it could be enough to end the "national scandal" of...

When Economic 'Recovery' Is Accompanied By Increased Homelessness and Hunger, We Need to Reassess Our Economic Indicators

Keith Taylor | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Rather than celebrating some abstract figure, the Greens are serious about creating an economy which serves the common good; an economy based on secure jobs that pay and enable people to live full lives.

IDS Has Most Government Staff On 'Poverty Wages'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has nearly two-thirds of government workers on less than the living wage of £7.65 per hour, acco...

Five Ideas for a Bold Labour Manifesto

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Voices from all wings of the Labour Party, left and right, have called for a bold, radical manifesto for 2015. Labour need to grab public attention with bright, clear and popular policies to ensure Ed Miliband is moving into 10 Downing Street on 8th May 2015.

Labour Has Betrayed Its Supporters by Voting for the Welfare Cap

Salman Shaheen | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

The real betrayal of Britain's poorest and most vulnerable people was Labour's support for this toxic policy. With 13 honourable exceptions who all deserve praise for actually doing what they were elected to do, Labour MPs acquiescently lined up behind the welfare cap. If an antelope feeds its calf to a lion, that's pretty shocking.

It Is a Misconception That a Living Wage Will Help Workers

Joe Storey | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Nationwide implementation of the living wage would harm employment prospects for the lowest paid and those aiming to join the labour market, stifle any chance of a business led recovery and provide more money for the Treasury, not for hardworking people.

How Massive Has The Pay Gap Rise Been Between The Rich And Poor?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

The pay gap between the richest and poorest earners has "soared" in many parts of the country since 2000, new research by the Trades Union Congress ha...

Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?

Megan Hughes | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a recent interview in the Observer, Vince Cable admitted that he '[doesn't] understand why people need a million quid a year'. He isn't the first to question the growing divide between rich and poor, but he is one of the most high-profile politicians to do so in recent times...

Archbishop: Living Wage Will Stop Pay Squeeze

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has warned that millions of workers will not benefit from the economic recovery unless they are paid a living wage....

University of Birmingham Spends £30,000 on Injunction Against Students

Natasha Turner | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Turner

Many feel the cost of the injunction contemptible considering the wage disparity at the University of Birmingham. One student speculated that the amount spent on the injunction would go half the way to ensuring all support staff at the university received a living wage.

Osborne To Increase National Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

George Osborne has signalled that he is willing to raise the national minimum wage to £7-an-hour, an above-inflation increase. The current minimum si...