The Living Wage campaign began in East London in 2001 when parents found that despite working multiple minimum wage jobs, they were struggling to make ends meet. They decided it was time to fight for a wage they could live off, instead of just survive.
Since then, the campaign has won the accreditation of over 1,600 employers. This adds up to over £210 million in extra pay and over 40,000 people lifted off the poverty line.
But there is lots more to be won: foodbank use topped 1 million for the first time this year and inequality remains entrenched across our economy.
You are invited to a local Living Wage campaign event on
Wednesday 4th November
10am to 12.15pm
Evermore HUB Community Centre,
The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the Living Wage in West Lancashire, to celebrate successes, and to formulate ways forward, such as identifying levels of pay in West Lancs.
There has never been a more crucial moment to strengthen the movement for Living Wages: the Chancellor’s new minimum wage premium for over 25s (‘national living wage’) has created potential confusion between the rates.
It’s essential that we protect the idea and purpose of a real Living Wage, pinned to the cost of living and calculated independently.
For more information on the Living Wage Campaign, go to: www.livingwage.org.uk