University part of the fight to make Greater Manchester the first real Living Wage region

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Earlier this week (Monday 6 November), the University was proud to participate in a special celebration to mark the 10-year anniversary of the real Living Wage in Greater Manchester (GM). The event coincided with Living Wage Week, an annual celebration of the Living Wage Movement. 

Currently in Greater Manchester there are over 700 accreditations in the region, with over 145,000 workers employed by accredited employers and over 26,000 employees having been uplifted to the real Living Wage.

The University is proud to be anchor institution and active partner of the Salford Living Wage Action Group. Together with Salford City Council and other businesses in the area we are committed to making Salford the first Living Wage city.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Nic Beech was invited to speak at Monday’s event, alongside other Living Wage champions. Nic emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusion, our rich history and longstanding relationship with industry and vocations. He also highlighted how proud we are to offer the real Living Wage to so many of our employees and those students who work through us. 

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham also spoke about his aspirations to make GM the first UK region to pay all employees a real Living Wage. Beneficiaries of the pay boost also shared why it makes such a difference to their lives. It was encouraging to hear from all the employers who continue to pay the real Living Wage to their employees and across their supply chains, despite the ongoing challenges of the current economic climate.

The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter teamed up with the University of Salford and other partners to make this video about the real Living Wage which you can watch on YouTube

If you would like to know more about the real Living Wage and the Living Wage Foundation please visit https://www.livingwage.org.uk

Image: Rob Bulman, University lead for the real Living Wage, (left) and Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, (right). 

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