Five Things You Can Do
Sometimes, as individuals, we can feel pretty helpless in the face of the big social justice problems of our time. But we can take heart from the success that the Scottish Living Wage Campaign has had so far. And this success would not have been possible without the little bits of effort that lots of individuals put in over the years.
So as we've said, even if you've only got 5 minutes spare, you can put those 5 minutes to very good use! Here are five different ways individuals like you can help support the Living Wage and the campaign to end poverty pay in Scotland:
Write to your MSP/MP/Local Councillor
Letting our elected representatives know that there is huge support for the living wage is really important! Although we are the fortunate position of having cross party political support for the campaign, we cannot afford to allow the issues of low pay and the living wage to slip down the political agenda.
It is also important to find out what our politicians are doing to promote the Living Wage in their constituency and ensure that as many employers as possible sign up to become Scottish Living Wage Accredited Employers.
Here are some sample letters you can download and email to your elected representatives:
You can find their contact details using http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ by searching with your postcode.
Write to local businesses/ employers
Is there an employer in your local area who is already paying the living wage? Why not nominate them to become an official Accredited Living Wage Employer? Just complete this form and we will do the rest:
Celebrating Living Wage employers is a huge part of the campaign. It helps build support for the living wage and highlights the difference it can make to low paid workers, as well as the benefits to the business.
On the other hand, you may be aware of an employer who is paying poverty wages. We genuinely believe most employers care about the welfare and well-being of their employees. Many do not realise the implications of paying below the Living Wage. Take action and fill them in on the facts! We have drafted a letter which you can adapt and send onto local or national (or international!) employers:
Letter to employers not paying Living Wage.
Support existing campaigns
We are not alone! There are many vibrant, inspiring living wage campaigns active right now across the globe. Poverty pay is a global issue.
Closer to home, we stand along side an ever growing line of living wage campaigns.
We have collected some of their details here.
We will keep these pages up to date with news from our fellow campaigners. If you are part of a local campaign and we’ve missed you, please get in touch!
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Donate to the campaign
We cannot continue the amazing work the Scottish Living Wage Campaign has done so far without financial support. All donations will help us to maintain this website, our social media presence, our suite of resources and promotional materials and awareness raising activity within the community. You can donate via our JustGiving page.
"I live with my girlfriend and daughter. Before I got the Living Wage, we were more or less living pay check to pay check. Now we’ve got a little bit extra, we’ve been able to redecorate the house and just generally I think getting the Living Wage has meant we have more security."
- Cameron, Utopia Computers