The Midlands TUC and Citizens UK Birmingham have joined forces in response to the revelation Birmingham Northfield is the top living wage blackspots in the country with 53.4 per cent of the jobs based there paying less than the living wage.
On Thursday afternoon, campaigners will
be visiting employers in Birmingham City Centre to present a ‘thank you’ card
for paying the Living Wage. Chocolate and campaign speech bubbles will also be
presented to staff as part of the campaign to encourage more employers to commit
to paying the Living Wage.
Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, said:
“The appalling Birmingham living wage
statistics revealed during Fair Pay Fortnight demonstrates the urgent need to
make Birmingham a “Living Wage City. It is simply unacceptable that so many
brummies, and people right across the Midlands, are not earning at least the
That is why it is right to give credit to those Birmingham
employers who have committed to working with staff and unions to pay their
workforce the Living Wage, and we will work with others to urge more employers
to follow suit.
“The number of living wage employers is growing rapidly and
unions are playing their part in encouraging more employers to sign up and pay
it. But we need to see a far wider commitment to pay the living wage from
government, employers and modern wages councils – to drive up productivity and
set higher minimum rates in industries where employers can afford to pay their
Citizens UK Birmingham Organiser, Becca Kirkpatrick said:
“Citizens UK shares the TUC’s aspiration to make Birmingham a Living
Wage city. Though there is much to do, Birmingham City Council, KPMG, Unity
Trust Bank and others have already shown great leadership in helping to
increase the number of accredited Living Wage employers here.
every week are discovering that the Living Wage is not only good for the
wellbeing of their staff and their families, it’s good for business too. We
believe that everybody deserves to earn a Living Wage, and we will organise
with our partners all year round to persuade more employers to pay it."