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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.

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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

Remi Turner
Marcel Obst
Paul Routledge
Mariya Ivancheva
Nely Konstantinova
Matthew Cole
Jessica Sims
Nick Allen
Ben Plumpton
Jack Dal
Jennifer Tomlinson
Roz Walsh
Anonymous
Jo Ingold
Xanthe Whittaker
Zyama Ciupijus
Jonathan Busch
Vicky Blake
Jo Cutter
Lilith Brouwers
James Richards
Meenakshi Sarkar
Lesley McGorrigan
Jo McBride
Felix Schulz
Chris forde
Gabriella Alberti
Alan Roe
Liz Oliver
147 signatures

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  • Remi Turner
    signed 2018-11-02 11:11:19 +0000
  • Marcel Obst
    signed 2018-11-02 07:29:53 +0000
  • Paul Routledge
    signed 2018-11-01 19:47:21 +0000
  • Mariya Ivancheva
    signed 2018-11-01 18:02:59 +0000
    Mariya Ivancheva
  • Nely Konstantinova
    signed 2018-11-01 17:59:49 +0000
  • Matthew Cole
    signed 2018-10-31 08:47:19 +0000
  • Jessica Sims
    signed via 2018-10-30 15:56:07 +0000
  • Nick Allen
    signed 2018-10-29 14:31:37 +0000
  • Ben Plumpton
    signed 2018-10-27 23:38:55 +0100
    Library, University of Leeds
  • Jack Dal
    signed 2018-10-27 20:41:00 +0100
  • Jennifer Tomlinson
    signed 2018-10-27 12:17:46 +0100
  • Roz Walsh
    signed 2018-10-27 11:00:13 +0100
  • Anonymous
    signed 2018-10-26 19:31:55 +0100
  • Jo Ingold
    signed 2018-10-26 18:14:52 +0100
  • Xanthe Whittaker
    signed 2018-10-26 16:32:04 +0100
  • Zyama Ciupijus
    signed 2018-10-26 13:55:42 +0100
  • Jonathan Busch
    signed 2018-10-26 10:22:43 +0100
  • Vicky Blake
    signed 2018-10-26 09:54:34 +0100
  • jocutter
    @jocutter tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-25 21:21:07 +0100
    Sign the petition: University of Leeds: commit to paying the real Living Wage https://www.citizensuk.org/leedsuni?recruiter_id=27248
  • Jo Cutter
    signed 2018-10-25 21:20:39 +0100
  • Lilith Brouwers
    signed 2018-10-25 18:50:54 +0100
  • James Richards
    signed 2018-10-25 16:20:58 +0100
    Quite frankly it is scandalous to think a prestigious organisation such as the University of Leeds has to be publicly shamed into looking after its least paid and most vulnerable employees.
  • Meenakshi Sarkar
    signed 2018-10-25 14:53:21 +0100
  • Lesley McGorrigan
    signed 2018-10-25 14:11:43 +0100
  • Jo McBride
    signed 2018-10-25 13:59:58 +0100
  • Felix Schulz
    signed 2018-10-25 13:09:00 +0100
  • Chris forde
    signed 2018-10-25 13:05:36 +0100
  • Gabriella Alberti
    signed 2018-10-25 13:02:05 +0100
    Gabriella Alberti
  • Alan Roe
    signed 2018-10-25 13:01:23 +0100
  • Liz Oliver
    signed 2018-10-25 12:58:08 +0100