Campaign for the Living Wage

The idea behind a living wage is very simple: that a person should be paid enough to live decently and to adequately provide for their family. At its heart is an ethical argument for preventing in-work poverty and ensuring workers are not exploited through low wages.

The national minimum wage is too low

The adult rate for the statutory national minimum wage is currently £6.31 per hour. This has been proven to be too little for a person to make ends meet for themselves and their family.

The voluntary national living wage rate is currently £7.65 an hour, outside of London.

The voluntary London llving wage is currently £8.80 an hour.

Some 4.8 million people, 20% of the working population, earn less than a living wage.

The taxpayer is subsidising poverty wages to the tune of £3.6bn per year, including £1.1bn in means tested benefits.


We won the minimum wage - I want to add a living wage to the list of the union's achievements.

Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary


UNISON is campaigning for a living wage

UNISON is campaigning both locally and nationally for a living wage.

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