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In case you missed it: 10 highlights from Living Wage Week 2020  

In this blog post we reflect on another fantastic Living Wage Week! Throughout the week we celebrated the Living Wage network and the movement that has put £1.3 billion back into the pockets of low paid workers - here are our favourite moments (ICYMI!). 

10 highlights from Living Wage Week 2020. 

1. St Antony’s RC Catholic School performed the “world premiere” of their new song ‘Another Round of Applause’ at our London launch event 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said the school were “a joy to listen to” and “most uplifting in these difficult times”. The school are members of Newham Citizens and have successfully campaigned for a real Living Wage in East London for a number of years. Caroline Verdant and Nathan Chan are the teacher’s behind the song, which calls for key workers to be paid a real Living Wage, with lines like “mum can’t pay the bills on claps and rainbows”. You can watch the video again here. 

ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE

2. We celebrated the 2,000th Living London Living Wage Employer in London 

We’re thrilled to announce that Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation trust became the 2,000th Living Wage employer in London.  

Lesley Watts, CEO of the Trust, spoke passionately about the staff at our London launch event: 

“This year has been challenging. People have talked this year about key workers, so let me tell you about some of our key workers. Before the pandemic, during the pandemic, these are the people who keep our hospitals clean and our infection rates low; Who provide food and drink to keep us, patients and visitors going; Who keep us safe and secure; Who bring things we need to where we work; Who help move our patients to where they need to be; Who care for us and our patients and our colleague; Walking round the hospital I see our staff work hard, cheerfully and professionally even under the most difficult circumstances.That’s why I am delighted that we adopted the London Living Wage a year ago and we are now accredited, a sign of our commitment.” 

 

3. Launched a nationwide advertising campaign with accredited Living Wage employers Creature of London and Clear Channel.  

Keep your eyes peeled if you haven’t seen it yet! This year we launched our first ever nationwide advertising campaign thanks to a partnership between two Living Wage accredited employers. The campaign gives both the public and companies cause to reflect on the hard work of our essential workers and calls on employers to accredit as Living Wage employers. 
 
If you want to read more about the partnership, have a read of this article written by our Communications and Marketing Manager, Clare Duncan.  

4. TFL posters across London celebrating key workers and encouraging businesses to accredit.   

5. #LivingWageWeek was trending in the UK for over 4 hours!  

That’s right! The #LivingWageWeek was trending #3 in the UK for over 4 hours thanks to the incredible support from the network of employers and supporters.  

6. Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, announced his commitment to making Greater Manchester a Living Wage region!  

We were thrilled that Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, announced his commitment to making Greater Manchester a Living Wage region. Find out more about Living Wage places here.  

7. We celebrated key workers 

This year was all about celebrating key workers and raising awareness that 1.3 million key workers (including care workers, security guards, supermarket staff) earn below the real Living Wage and on an insecure contract. Three quarters of care workers were paid less than the real Living Wage on the eve of the panemic. In a recent blog post, Senior Programme Manager, Sara Johnson, writes aboutwhy a Living Wage in social care is so desperately needed. 

Watch our wrap up video below.

Living Wage Week 2020: All work has value.

 

8. Over 1,000 people attended our online events 

Over 1,000 people attended our events over the week! If you missed them, you can watch back the recordings here. If you're interested in future events or workshops please email events@livingwage.org.uk  

9. Announced the new rates in the media!  

We achieved a massive 500 pieces of coverage on the Monday and over 600 Mon-Fri with an ad value of around £745,000. You can recap on the main story on the BBC Business page and coverage on ITV online and Sky. 

10. Celebrated our network of employers and welcomed new employers to the movement! 

As always during Living Wage Week, we celebrated our network of almost 7,000 employers and those who are newly accredited. 

Speaking at our North East event, Councillor Graeme Miller said that given the high levels of poverty in Sunderland paying the real Living Wage was simply the right thing to do”. 

 

During the week we also announced accreditation of Tate and Lyle Sugars, Network Railthe All England Lawn Tennis Club (The Championships, Wimbledon), Capital One.  

You can find a list of accredited Living Wage employers here and what it includes here.  

20th November 2020, 13:23
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