Coalition call for Manchester Council to introduce living wage News Desk May 4, 2013 Featured, Politics 72 Comments A coalition of community leaders, and young people supported by Local Councillors and Sir Gerald Kaufman MP have come together to call on Manchester City Council to implement the Living Wage. The campaign for The Living Wage 4 Manchester was launched in Longsight on Sunday 28 April 2013 was attended by people who believe that the introduction of the Living Wage in Manchester will not only benefit local people but will also boost the city’s economy. Campaigners have written to the Leader of Manchester City Council asking for the lowest paid members of staff to be paid at least £7.45 an hour and for the Council to do all it can to encourage other employers in the City to do the same. Manchester City Council currently pay a Manchester minimum wage which is 30p an hour less than The Living Wage, which is set by Centre for Research in Social Policy and is calculated to cover the basic cost of living in the UK. Rick McDonald from Manchester Youth Academy said ” Making sure people in Manchester are paid fairly is really important to us as we know its really hard for our families who working hard but are still struggling to afford to pay all the bills. We are really pleased that our local Councillor Luthfur Rahman and Sir Gerald Kaufman MP have helped support our Living Wage 4 Manchester campaign. ” Alan Grafton MBE said ” This campaign brings together young people, community leaders and elected politicians asking for Manchester City Council to take the lead in bringing in the Living Wage. Manchester is a fantastic city and I hope that by bringing in the Living Wage less people across the city will be having to struggle to make ends meet” Longsight Councillor Luthfur Rahman who is leading the call said “I am delighted to be able to support this campaign. Manchester has one of the highest levels of child poverty in the country and we should be doing everything we can to support low paid families. By introducing the Living Wage Manchester City Council will not only be helping to bring families out of poverty but also sending a clear message that in these tough times the Council is on their side” Councillor Rosa Battle who also signed the letter added “I fully support the campaign to bring the Living Wage to Manchester. By introducing the Living Wage Manchester City Council will hopefully encourage other employers in the city to do the same which will be a practical way to tackle the unacceptable levels of child poverty in Manchester” Sir Gerald Kaufman MP for Gorton said ” The Living Wage has cross party support and is advocated by the Leader of the Labour Party Ed Milliband. Many Local Authorities including Newcastle and Birmingham have committed to paying the Living Wage and its about time Manchester followed suite.” The campaign ‘Living Wage 4 Manchester’ is planning a series of events across the City to try and get employers to sign up to pay the Living Wage as well as raising awareness about the importance of paying a fair wage. 72 Responses You must log in to post a comment.