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University of Leeds: commit to paying the real Living Wage

Living Wage Week starts on Monday 5th November

Please take 1 minute to sign our letter below, calling on the University of Leeds to commit to the real Living Wage for all staff.

In the 'Comment' field below, please enter your Department and/or role at the University.

As this year’s Living Wage Week gets underway, celebrating employers across the UK who voluntarily pay at least the real Living Wage (£8.75/hr) to all their workers, we call on the University of Leeds to agree to join this growing movement.

The testimonies of staff at the University show that legal minimum wage rates are no longer enough to afford a decent standard of living in Leeds, keeping those receiving them in a low-pay trap and making them more vulnerable to the widespread effects of poverty. The real Living Wage is independently calculated every year based on what people and their families need to get by. This ensures workers and their families have what they need for a decent standard of living and to participate fully in society. Since 2011 over 4,500 employers, including over 30 universities, have signed up as Living Wage Employers and are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

We believe the University of Leeds should seek accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation to ensure that no workers (whether directly employed or subcontracted) are unable to provide for their families. Committing to becoming a Living Wage Employer would be a mark of respect and appreciation for the cleaners, caterers, security and other contracted staff behind the scenes who help keep the University running. It would also help the University to live up to our professed values of making a difference to society, building relationships, equality and inclusion.

There are well documented, tangible benefits to employers who pay the Living Wage. Research has shown they have healthier, happier and more productive staff while benefitting from lower staff turnover, reduced absenteeism and a boost to their reputation in the local community. These benefits are seen in various universities we would consider to be our peers such as Russell Group members like Queen Mary, University of London and Cardiff University and our local neighbours Leeds Trinity University and the University of Huddersfield.

The University of Leeds belongs in these ranks, demonstrating its commitment to keeping its workforce protected from in-work poverty through becoming a Living Wage Employer and cementing its status as an anchor institution for the city of Leeds, providing a vital link between education, business and civil society. We, as a wealthy institution, can afford to take this step to invest all of our staff. If we are to truly continue to be a world-class university, then we must ensure that nobody within our workforce is in poverty and cannot afford a decent standard of living in Britain today.

Today we are asking our Vice Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, to meet with the Living Wage Foundation within the next six weeks to develop an action plan for the University of Leeds to sign up as a Living Wage Employer. We look forward to hearing from him and are hopeful of working with the University Executive Group to make the Living Wage a reality at the University of Leeds.

Who's signing

Amy Rees
Karen Render
Florence Scott
Ros Harrison
Angela Blackburn
Christian Bodden
Barbara Delahaye
Rosie Dyson
Matthew Robson
Lily Aarons
Martin Pelan
Kyle Griffith
Rachel Brown
John Gallagher
Lisa Bowler
Chris Armstrong
Thomas Riley
George Wade
Gloria Dawson
Meredith Gardner
Helen Copeland
Sharon Roscoe
Michelle Abbott
Tina Quail
Holly Schofield
Alice Burn
Mark Adcock
Remi Turner
143 signatures

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  • Amy Rees
    signed 2018-11-02 12:49:52 +0000
  • Karen Render
    signed 2018-11-02 12:47:17 +0000
    Department – Student Lifecycle Programme
  • Florence Scott
    signed 2018-11-02 12:36:38 +0000
  • Ros Harrison
    signed 2018-11-02 12:28:36 +0000
  • Angela Blackburn
    signed 2018-11-02 12:07:43 +0000
  • Christian Bodden
    signed 2018-11-02 11:41:44 +0000
  • Barbara Delahaye
    signed 2018-11-02 11:38:37 +0000
  • Rosie Dyson
    signed 2018-11-02 11:38:10 +0000
    Library
  • Matthew Robson
    signed 2018-11-02 11:37:32 +0000
  • Lily Aarons
    signed 2018-11-02 11:33:29 +0000
    Lily Aarons
  • Martin Pelan
    signed 2018-11-02 11:33:15 +0000
  • Kyle Griffith
    signed 2018-11-02 11:30:36 +0000
  • Rachel Brown
    signed 2018-11-02 11:27:47 +0000
  • John Gallagher
    signed 2018-11-02 11:26:44 +0000
  • Lisa Bowler
    signed 2018-11-02 11:25:40 +0000
  • Chris Armstrong
    @bantam79 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-02 11:25:00 +0000
    Sign the petition: University of Leeds: commit to paying the real Living Wage https://www.citizensuk.org/leedsuni?recruiter_id=172551
  • Chris Armstrong
    signed 2018-11-02 11:24:49 +0000
    Student Education Support Officer
  • Thomas Riley
    signed 2018-11-02 11:24:18 +0000
    As someone who has worked for (and struggled on) min wage in the private sector (hospitality) I am continually surprised to see similarly low rates of pay offered at a World-leading University.
  • George Wade
    signed 2018-11-02 11:22:53 +0000
  • Gloria Dawson
    signed 2018-11-02 11:22:46 +0000
  • Meredith Gardner
    signed 2018-11-02 11:21:30 +0000
  • Helen Copeland
    signed 2018-11-02 11:19:45 +0000
  • Sharon Roscoe
    signed 2018-11-02 11:16:01 +0000
  • Michelle Abbott
    signed 2018-11-02 11:15:27 +0000
  • Tina Quail
    signed 2018-11-02 11:14:54 +0000
  • Mark Adcock
    followed this page 2018-11-02 11:14:37 +0000
  • Holly Schofield
    signed 2018-11-02 11:14:03 +0000
  • Alice Burn
    signed 2018-11-02 11:13:57 +0000
  • Mark Adcock
    signed 2018-11-02 11:12:38 +0000
    If not now, when!
  • Remi Turner
    signed 2018-11-02 11:11:19 +0000