Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has marked the start of Living Wage Week by calling on public bodies, third sector organisations and private sector employers to work towards Living Wage status for Tameside and Stockport residents.
Beginning on 4th November, Living Wage Week is the first ever UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage & Living Wage Employers. It aims to raise awareness and encourage firms to pay their employees a minimum of £7.45 per hour (£8.30 in London).
As part of their work, the Living Wage Foundation provides advice, support and accreditation to Living Wage employers, including a licence to use the Living Wage mark.
The Living Wage campaign was launched in 2001 by parents in East London, who were frustrated that working two minimum wage jobs left no time for family life. But the benefits of paying the living wage can be felt by both the employer and the employee – an independent study found that more than 80% of employers believe that implementing the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I call on as many local employers – in both the public, third sector and private sectors – to work towards Living Wage status here in Tameside and Stockport.
“An individual earning the living wage is afforded not only a better standard of living, but also a better quality of life. Parents working multiple minimum wage jobs are able to give one up, families can spend quality time together and parents can afford things beyond the bare essentials.
“It also makes economic sense for employers, as workers paid the living wage tend to be better motivated at work, less likely to be reliant on benefits and are more likely to spend the extra money in the local economy.
“I’m proud that the last Labour government introduced the minimum wage but now it’s time to take the next step and employers in Tameside and Stockport can do so by visiting www.livingwage.org.uk/home ‘’