Campaign for UoR to pay the Living Wage
What is the problem?
Reading is one of the top ten most expensive places to rent in the UK yet the University of Reading employs 378 workers (cleaners, caterers, front of house and casual staff) on less than the living wage. In 2011 it was listed as one of the top 10 university employers of minimum wage staff with 146 employees. For students, the cost of accommodation has spiralled yet many students under the age of 21 are only being paid £5.13 per hour.
Do other Universities pay the Living Wage?
Yes, other universities have implemented the Living Wage. Queen Mary, LSE, Cambridge, UCL, Kings College, Birkbeck, SOAS, IoE, London Business School, London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine, London Met, Goldsmiths, Royal College of Vetinary Surgeons and the University of East London are all Living Wage Accredited Employers, and that is only the South East of England!
It is 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!