Why are we campaigning for the Living Wage?
Reading is one of the top ten most expensive places to live in the UK, yet the University of Reading employs 378 workers on less than the National Living Wage. In 2011, The University of Reading was listed as one of the top 10 university employers of minimum wage staff with 146 employees being paid the minimum wage. Whilst the cost of living, renting and accommodation has spiralled out of control for students, many of them who work at UoR are only being paid £5.13 per hour.
What about other Universities?
Plenty of other universities have implemented the Living Wage! Queen Mary, LSE, Cambridge, UCL, Kings College, Birkbeck, SOAS, IoE, London Business School, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London Met, Goldsmiths, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the University of East London are all Living Wage Accredited Employers, and that only covers the South East of England!
It’s time for the University of Reading to pay its staff the living wage; not because they have to, but because it is the RIGHT thing to do!
Want to find out more?
Check out the report presented to the University of Reading Staffing Committee in February 2015 by RUSU President Natalie Harper and students’ Chris Foye and Matt Austin.
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