Living Wage

When a Tory Disagrees With the Conservative Government

Tom Morgan | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Morgan

It's tough to be a young person in a world of unpaid internships, zero-hour contracts and 50p pints, but it'd be a whole lot easier if government criticism didn't add itself to the list of woes.

Putting Value Back Into Price

Harriet Lamb | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

We need our prices to reflect the value of what things actually cost to produce. Coffee quality control at COMSA cooperative, © Santiago Engelhardt....

The Government Has No Claim to Being the Voice of Working People - It Is Time for the Union Movement to Show That It Does

Dave Ward | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Ward

Faced with an attempt to cripple the union movement in this country our members now expect us to act on this... Whether it is with tax credits or the Trade Union Bill, the government has no claim to be the voice of working people - it is time for the union movement to show that it does.

Tesco Says It Might Not Be Able To Pay Staff What Aldi Says It Can

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

The National Living Wage could prove "lethal" to Tesco, its chief executive has said, despite commitments by other supermarkets, including budget stor...

Equal Pay Day 2015: This Isn't Merely a Product of Economics - It's About Power

Rachael Maskell | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Rachael Maskell

Women work as hard as men in the workplace and deserve the same recognition for it. They should not be sent a message that their labour is undervalued or worth less than their male counterparts - because it is not - and our pay gap pledge is that we will not give up the fight until this is reflected in pay packets across the country.

Football Fans To Hold Living Wage Protest Before North London Derby

Paul Vale | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK

Arsenal FC is to be protested by its own fans ahead of Sunday's north London derby Against Spurs, with supporters demanding the club pays its staff a ...

We Need the Real Living Wage to Tackle the Low Pay Challenge

Angela Eagle | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

Living Wage Week is a time to take stock of the low pay challenge that confronts a growing number of working people in the UK - and think about what more can be done to tackle it. Despite the many living wage victories, the outlook is bleak.... Against this backdrop, we should see George Osborne's 'national living wage' for what it is - an enhanced minimum wage. And while it would be churlish to deny that it will do some good (it was after all a policy that was swiped straight out of Labour's 2015 manifesto), we need to recognise three big flaws in the government's way of going about things that reveal the weakness of its approach to tackling lowpay.

Moving Beyond Pay

Stephen Howard | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Howard

With the Chancellor introducing a new National Living Wage from April 2016 and the revised voluntary Living Wage rates published this week, low pay is firmly placed on the boardroom and political agenda.

The Breakthrough for the Living Wage Is Cause for Celebration, But the Fight Is Far From Over

Owen Smith | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Politics
Owen Smith

This last year there has been much to celebrate, such as the government's partial conversion to the cause and the breakthrough for the Living Wage in parts of the retail sector. The fight is far from over, our objective has not been reached. Many employers, earning big profits, continue to refuse to share fair rewards with their employees, and the smoke and mirrors of the government's phoney Living Wage, only makes it easier for them to hide.

Living Wage For London Workers To Increase By 25p

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK

The Living Wage for London workers is set to increase by 25p to £9.40, Boris Johnson announced on Monday. The new voluntary rate in London is curr...

PMQs Verdict: Corbyn's Getting Better But Cameron's Seen Worse

Lydia Suffield | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

PMQs today made it pretty clear: Corbyn is starting to employ that headmaster stare. Today, it went from a rather stern warning look to a full-on, narrow-eyed, flashing-gazed glare at the Tory front bench who promptly erupted from muffled laughter to full-on cheers, accompanied by the classic chanting of "Ooooh", which reminded me all too strongly of schooldays seated in front of a well-intentioned but sadly incompetent supply teacher.

Foreign Office Cleaners Protest After 'Losing Jobs' For Asking For Living Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

A group of cleaners are protesting at the Foreign Office after, they claim, they were disciplined and, in some cases, lost their jobs for asking to be...

Greggs Warns Living Wage Could Hit Pasty Prices

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.10.2015 | UK

Greggs bakery warned that they might have to increase the prices of its pasties and sausage rolls due to the new living wage. The popular chain has...

Starbucks Has A Brilliant New Scheme To Help Generation Rent

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK

Starbucks has announced that it will help employees who rent properties to pay their deposits by offering an interest-free loan to cover the cost. ...

Lidl and the Living Wage: A Massive Shift in Britain's High Street

Angus Ritchie | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Angus Ritchie

Lidl has proven its competitors wrong. It has become a champion for the Living Wage movement and a huge victory for all who have fought long and hard for fair pay.

Lidl Is Doing Something Brilliant For Its Employees

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK

Lidl UK’s CEO has said he is “proud” of his employees as the company becomes the first British supermarket to pay its staff the living wage. ...

When It Comes to the 'National Living Wage' Being Introduced to the World, It's Time for Some Responsible Parenting

Torsten Bell | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Torsten Bell

Having brought the National Living Wage into this world the Chancellor has set the country the right exam question - to implement it successfully. We know we'll be sitting that exam between today and 2020. Responsible parenting is about doing everything we can as a country to pass.

Shadow Chancellor Calls For £10 Min Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics

New Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has unveiled his first policy - a £10 per hour minimum wage. On the day that the Tory government attempts to ...

Why I'm Calling on John Lewis to Pay Its Cleaners the Living Wage

Jane Lambert | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Jane Lambert

A consistent response from people signing the petition has been one of shock and disbelief that the John Lewis company which promotes itself as a fair and ethical retailer should treat a part of its workforce so unfairly.

A Nursing Crisis

Beth Britton | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Beth Britton

When most people think about nurses, it's usually hospitals that spring to mind. Occasionally some people might identify with their local GP practice nurse or district nurse, but suffice to say that nursing is very much seen within the confines of the NHS. Yet what about social care?

Spin or Substance? The Chancellor and the Living Wage

Angus Ritchie | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Angus Ritchie

The real impact of a Budget isn't clear until a little later, when the dust begins to settle. Announcements that seem very clever in the Commons chamber can lose their lustre under more extended scrutiny.

Ikea's Commitment to the Living Wage Represents More Than Just a Pay Rise

Pernille Hagild | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK
Pernille Hagild

It is the core of our values to treat people equally and decently. We believe in paying a fair wage for all co-workers regardless of how old they are and that also takes into account where they live. We agree with the Living Wage Foundation's definition of the "Living Wage", and whilst we think that the government has taken a step in the right direction, it doesn't go far enough.

This Brilliant News From Ikea Will Make 4,500 Of Its Workers Really Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

Ludicrously cheap furniture, shops you can get lost in for hours, tasty meatballs at the cafe when your feet hurt from shopping... and there's now one...

Good News for Care Workers Means Tough Choices for Local Authorities

Carys Roberts | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Carys Roberts

While the higher national minimum wage means that local authorities will spend more on care, some of that spending will return to the Treasury. The Chancellor should redirect some of that increased revenue to help stem the deepening crisis in the care sector.

Get Tougher On Tory Welfare Plans, Andy Burnham Says

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics

Andy Burnham has declared his strong opposition to Tory benefit cuts by urging Harriet Harman to reject the Government’s Welfare Bill unless ministe...