Living Wage week–why the wage matters

Published on Monday, 05 November 2012 10:16
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

This week is Living Wage week. UNISON is campaigning for a Living Wage for all its members.

Ashley Williams, a sports attendant at Bolton College and Marie Gilluley, the college principal, explain why the Living Wage matters.

Ashley Williams, sports attendant, Bolton College fitness suite

"I was on minimum wage, it just changed in my October pay, backdated to September. It means instead of just trying to get by I am now a bit more comfortable.

"I'm going to start learning to drive, which I couldn't have afforded to do before.

"It's made it easier to meet my rent and now I've got more money at the end of the month to buy clothes if I need any.

"I don't have to budget as much and it has meant I can join the union, which makes me feel more secure at work.

"I've been able to go out more with friends, I now feel if they're going out for a meal I can go too without worrying about it."

Marie Gilluley, principal, Bolton College

"Bolton College was pleased to be able to support UNISON's campaign for a Living Wage. We believe that all of our staff hold equal importance when it comes to contributing to the overall success of the college, and we recognise that staff must feel able to engage in how the organisation operates.

"For Bolton College, the commitment to paying our lowest-paid staff a living wage is one way that we can engage with our staff.

"We can express how we value the work that they undertake in support of our learners, whilst also supporting the view expressed in the Living Wage campaign – this being that every worker should be paid enough to provide for themselves and their family with the essentials of life.

"As an employer, we also see this commitment as positive employee engagement and believe that this will have a positive impact on morale, customer service and turnover levels."

Source: ©Unison

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