Tag : living wage

Employed and in Poverty – Britain’s New Underbelly

1 year ago / 0 comments

Stephen Armstrong, an investigative journalist, published his book ‘The New Poverty’ this year, in an attempt to document a troubling new trend in Britain: in-work poverty. The Gryphon spoke to him last week as he visisted Sheffield to talk about those who are in employed, yet in poverty in Britain. … Read More

Living wage rises, but will we see the benefits?

2 years ago / 0 comments

The Living Wage is a movement, which aims to eradicate poverty through the promotion of higher minimum wages for all workers. The rate itself is calculated based on the true amount people need in order to achieve basic living standards. Every year in the first week of November, Living Wage … Read More

Time for a living wage at LUU?

3 years ago / 0 comments

A recent information pack issued by Leeds University Union to all Leadership Race candidates has revealed that the biggest concern facing students during their first term at university was “money and finances”, overtaking 2014/15’s top worry of “work/life balance”. In addition, 85% of students rank “Improving the living wage” as … Read More

News | UPDATE: Lecturers' marking boycott called off as new pay offer is accepted

5 years ago / 0 comments

The threatened exam-marking boycott has been called off as Higher Education trade union groups accept the two per cent pay rise offer. The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)  announced their ‘full and final’ pay offer of a 2% rise to lecturers’ salaries in April. UCEA’s offer also includes an increase … Read More

News | No living wage for contracted staff

5 years ago / 0 comments

Vice Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, will not pay all staff the living wage, LS can reveal. In a letter to the Leeds University Living Wage Campaign, the VC said he had decided not to pay contracted-out staff the Living Wage. Sir Langlands also revealed he had increased hourly pay for … Read More

News | Students demand Living Wage for Uni staff

5 years ago / 0 comments

Dozens of students gathered on Parkinson steps on Wednesday to demand the University introduces the Living Wage. On a Facebook page promoting the event Leeds Labour Students stated one of the protest’s aims was for “Leeds University to agree to only hire external contractors who pay their staff a Living … Read More

Debate | Is the Living Wage worth it?

5 years ago / 0 comments

The Labour Party has stated that it would give tax rebates to firms that pay Living Wage. The Living Wage is based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic cost of living. It is currently set at £7.45 an hour and £8.55 an hour in London, … Read More

Features | The Living Wage: it’s only fair

5 years ago / 0 comments

The University relies on its cleaners and other ancillary workers, but often they are employed by external companies without the same rights as university staff. LS looks at the latest developments on campus.   Crawling into the seminar room at 10am, possessions trailing behind and brain still suffering from over exposure to high levels of Fruity, … Read More

Nudity ban rejected in Union Forum battle

6 years ago / 0 comments

An attempt to ban nudity on campus has failed. Meenakshi Sarkar proposed banning “advertisement in [the] Union or campus with nude/explicit photos of students”.  Three Better Union forum members voted in favour, and nine against. In her proposal, Ms Sarkar singled out ‘nude’ posters used in the Union leadership elections … Read More

Student workers paid ‘poverty wage’

6 years ago / 0 comments

Despite the Union lobbying the University to pay its staff the living wage, it is failing to do so for its own employees. Last year a Better Union idea was passed which stated that the LUU should try to make the University pay “all its staff, teachers, admin, cleaners, catering … Read More