Living Wage News & Views
We collect all the news about low pay and the Living Wage and put it here in one place - just to make your life easier!
You will find a mixture of updates from other Living Wage campaigns, news articles, blogs and pretty much anything else we come across that we think you might be interested in.
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Motor Neurone Disease patient and care campaigner, Gordon Aikman, speaks about the Scottish Government's budget proposal to pay carers a Living Wage.
From exhaustion and frustration to hope and resistance, women experiencing in-work poverty share their stories. This Red Pepper blog is a summary of a Skills Network report.
Stripping out the top 10% of average wages leaves just below £13k average pay for ther remaining 90% of the population.
UNISON's Dave Prentice on the higher rate of NMW for older workers
UNISON's Dave Watson on the Crisis in Scotland's Social Care System
New research shines a light on Scotland's Income Inequality
Lidl becomes the first major retailer to embrace the Living Wage
Researchers in Glasgow have found that job insecurity and low pay are bad for your health.
Paying the staff a Living Wage has benefits all round, say leading social enterprises.
"When the taxpayer is taking on so much of the cost of in-work benefit, and the employee getting so much of the blame, there’s really only sheer nerve and hypocrisy left to be admired." Deborah Orr takes the big retailers to task in this comment piece.
Tesco faced a backlash from shareholders over rewards for top executives and low pay for staff at its annual shareholder meeting on Friday, despite reporting better than expected trading.
A blog from the Craftivist Collective on their brilliant campaign to encourage M&S to pay their staff the Living Wage
A Report by the Scottish Government find that Early Years workers are often paid less than the Living Wage, despite incresasing pressure on them from policy makers and parents.
Frank Field surveyed 13 fast food and coffee chains in the UK. You will not be surprised by their responses, or lack of.
Jenny King from KPMG discusses the benefits of paying the Living Wage to employers.
The Scottish Government's annoucement of a new partnership to promote fair and sustainable business practices, including the Living Wage.
Colette Douglas' piece on the companies that do and don't pay the Living Wage in Scotland.
Joanna Mack discusses how the 1980s decision to embrace the market, union-busting and deregulation, together with disinvestment in public housing and rolling privatisation is one of history’s great political blunders.
Three firms have been publically named by the Government for failing to pay staff the National Minimum Wage.
Article from BBC on our calls for more employers to become accredited in Scotland.
This article from the Guardian discusses Citizens UK action to try and persuade major retailers to pay the Living Wage, such as Primark, Debenhams and M&S.
Changes to tax and benefit systems have more impact on health inequalities than changes to healthcare, new study found.
Researchers said the introduction of a Living Wage and benefit increases made more difference than schemes to help lose weight or stop smoking.
The £460m contract, awarded by SSE networks business SHE Transmission, will apply to a new subsea electricity link being built by engineers ABB Ltd.
Frontline charities and campaigners fighting the war on poverty have united to condemn David Cameron and George Osborne's latest welfare policy announcements as an outrageous attack on Scotland's most vulnerable families. "A couple both working full-time on the minimum wage are already nearly one-fifth short of the money they need for children's basics; another freeze will make it a whole lot harder for them, as well as those out of work".
This artcile from the Guardian reveals the truth behind rises in employment and how the recent boom in self-employment is not all its cracked up to be.
Blog from one of Steering Group members, Dave Watson, discussing the findings of UNISON's survey on cleaning staff. You can find the report itself here.
A very positive blog article which highlights the growing support and awareness of the Living Wage and why all businesses need to at least consider the idea.
The Demos Commission on Residential Care recommends that residential care should become a living wage sector.
This article discusses now paying the living wage makes good business sense.
Fifty carers for the disabled are staging one of the longest strikes in the history of the health service to secure a living wage for staff working in privatised services formerly run by the NHS.
Fewer than 1% of charities have registered as living wage employers, but those that do say it's essential to 'walk the talk'.
The campaign for the ‘living wage’ has received a major boost after Cambridge University signed up.
These brilliant images from Woodfields care provider in the US highlight the stark realities of a low pay economy, and the lack of compassion and interest in real people who are experiencing hardship and struggle in their everyday lives.
Food giant Nestlé has become the first leading manufacturer to commit to paying the living wage.
The firm already pays at least the living wage to its 8,000 staff but the move will benefit contract employees and agency workers. About 800 contractors working with Nestlé will implement it by December 2017. Hurrah!
Charlie Mullins on the benefits of paying the Living Wage.
The Poverty Alliance has called for an end to poverty wages following a report published by the Living Wage Commission.
It found that 372,000 people in Scotland, the equivalent of 17% of the workforce, earn below the living wage.
A great way campaigners highlighted the difference between the profits of Tesco and the low level of wages they pay staff.
This article argues that it’s important that students uphold the employment standards that they would want to see for themselves
Press Release from UNISON in relation to the wonderful news that Capability Scotland has introduced the Living Wage for all its workers, backdated to 1 April 2014.