Five Things Students Can Do
Despite the myths of students being lazy, we know that you are actually a hot-bed of political and social action!
The Scottish Living Wage Campaign benefits from representation on our Steering Group from NUS Scotland. They are part of the Campaign because they recognise that students can play a big part in raising support and awareness of the Living Wage.
As the future of our society, it is important that students are made aware of the realities of poverty pay and begin to forumlate ideas and strategies to reduce this through policy and social action (sorry to lumber you with that responsibiity!).
Here are some different ways that students can get involved now:
Write an article about the Living Wage and low pay
You could write an article for the student association magazine or blog on low pay and the Living Wage.
You will find all the information, statistics and references you need on this website.
We can also assist you in gathering case studies so that the voices of those affected by low pay can be heard.
Start a campaign!
If you know your college/uni doesn’t pay all staff the living wage, speak to your student association about starting a campaign. We can help you at every stage. Even if you know your college/uni does pay the Living Wage, you can campaign for them to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer.
You should also contact NUS who have recently submitted a Freedom of Information Request to all higher education institutes in Scotland about low pay and the Living Wage. They will be able to provide you with the return from your uni/college and help you to establish the basis of your campaign. The Living Wage is a priority for NUS this year.
We recently worked with the Glasgow Uni Oxfam Group who successfully campaigned for their uni to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer. You can read about their campaign here.
Join the Betterthanzero Campaign
This is a campaign ran by young people for young people on insecure work, low pay and zero hours contracts. It launched in May 2015. You can find out more about the campaign in the following ways:
Invite us to an event
Ask us to come along to your next student event to deliver a presentation and/or host an info stall. Our contact details are here.
Connect with us
By sharing our updates on your social media accounts you are helping to build awareness and support for the Living Wage.
"Being on low wages, sometimes you feel judged by other people. People who work in better jobs- jobs that maybe they’ve studied for- they often work the same amount of hours as I do, but they get paid a lot more.
I think sometimes people in other better paid jobs will look at me, and maybe think that I’m useless or not that clever.
But at the end of the day, I’m putting in equal amounts of time and effort as them. It gets at your self-confidence, because you feel that people look down on you."
- Emily, earns below Living Wage