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1. Living Wage Policy

2nd November 2017 (432nd Union Council)
Primary Officer: Community
Secondary Officer: All Officers

What is the Policy?

Officers must support the implementation of the Living Wage, as defined by the Living Wage Foundation, at the University and lobby the University in the following ways (but not limited to) until the University agrees to become accredited:

The President must bring up implementation of the Living Wage at his termly meeting with the VC.

Officers must bring up implementation of the Living Wage when presenting their objectives to UEB yearly.

The Community Officer and ESJ Officer must commit to organising at least one protest or action, in whatever form they deem appropriate, per year alongside a statement/ or attendance by the rest of the Officer team in support of the protest or action.

All Officers must support/ publicise/ attend where possible events organised in support of the Living Wage Campaign.

Why?

The University does not currently pay some of its cleaning, catering and estates staff the Living Wage, as defined by the Living Wage Foundation, for the whole calendar year.

This results in financial vulnerability, anxiety, and low staff morale.

The Living Wage Campaign believes that with an annual surplus last year of £53.8M, the University is well within its means to start paying these staff the Living Wage.