Living Wage Week

the real Living Wage movement

Living Wage Week 2022 may be over but we have some fantastic memories to carry us onward in the campaign to ensure everyone earns enough to meet their needs.

Thank you so much for helping us make this a week of positivity and celebration. Take a look at some of the highlights of the week below, all made possible by our amazing network of employers and supporters.

Muirhead Outreach Project MV Jenny Gilruth

Throughout the week we published a number of blogs and articles which you can find here. We also visiting 18 accredited employers along with Scottish Government Ministers and local Councillors. Our social media channels were on fire, with so many people joining in to show their support for a real Living Wage.

Monday 14 November

New research was published showing that wider adoption of a real Living Wage could boost Scotland’s economy by £114.1M

Dundee kicked off their Living Wage stencil campaign. You can watch their video here. While Aberdeen launched their action plan to Make Aberdeen a Living Wage City.

Over 90 people interested in finding out more about the real Living Wage and accreditation joined an online event, with Scottish employers Allied Vehicles and R&W Scott joining the panel. Peter Facenna from Allied Vehicles tells us why the real Living Wage is important to them here

Tuesday 15 November

Our Poverty & Health Inequalities online event was extremely popular, with over 150 people attending, and the announcement that NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside had become accredited strengthened the message that poverty and health are inextricably linked.

Wednesday 16 November

We saw the launch of a new campaign by our Hospitality & Tourism network, #TheGoodWeDo, sharing the fantastic ways in which these employers are supporting their people and communities. We were also involved in a podcast with the Glasgow Food Policy Partnership which you can listen to here

The UK wide Living Hours event was attended by over 150 people. This event was hosted by Lindsay at EDCH who was joined by Anthony at ACS Clothing among others. You can watch the recording using password K*8.Y3?!

The early birds in the Scottish Borders held their annual Business Breakfast on Wednesday morning where a host of employers came together to celebrate their region’s commitment and to welcome newly accredited Farne Salmon to the movement.

Thursday 17 November

The Living Wage Awards ceremony was our showcase event of the week. This was held in the Scotch Whisky Experience where finalists and their guests enjoyed an evening filled with positivity and hope for the future. Please watch our video from finalists telling us what the real Living Wage means to them.

Friday 18 November

Today saw the announcement that The Richmond Fellowship Scotland had become accredited. They are the largest third sector social care employer in Scotland to become accredited and that is great news for their dedicated and hard-working staff.

If you follow us on social media, you will have noticed that a huge number of employers  and supporters took part in highlighting the importance of the real Living Wage. If you don’t already follow us, please do! You can find our social media icons at the top right of this page.