Following the council motion reported in my last post, the Oxford LW campaign have stepped up a gear, starting to raise awareness of this among workers and students, while working with the City Council and trade unions to agree on implementation measures. Once an Oxford LW figure has been set, pressure will be directed at the university to follow the council’s lead.
The London LW campaign achieved a number of successes in 2007, thanks to which the proportion of the national cleaning workforce on the living wage increased from 4 to 9% over the past 12 months. Organiser Matthew Bolton says that “the next big sector to crack is the hotel sector. There’s a massive problem of low pay, even across the big luxury chains. Some staff are paid a piece rate of £2.50 a room, which can mean they don’t even make the minimum wage.”
Peter Kenyon of the London Labour Party reports that one of their main objectives for 2008 is a living wage for Corporation of London employees.
And finally in Scotland a broadbased coalition is coming together to campaign for a living wage, which involves the Poverty Alliance, the STUC, churches and charity organisations.