Living Wage

UNISON wants to get employers to pay at least the Living Wage to all employees.

The living wage is an hourly rate set independently every year. It is calculated according to the cost of living and gives the minimum pay rate required for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life.

  • In London the 2012/2013 Greater London Authority rate is £8.80 per hour.
  • Outside of London the current rate is £7.65 per hour.

Rebut the myths

Some institutions may put forward all kinds of reasons for not paying the Living Wage. They may claim it will costs jobs. It is important to immediately rebut these claims. It’s a fact that paying the Living Wage can generate savings in terms of reducing absenteeism and labour turnover costs.  Click on our Living Wage Mythbuster to read the true facts!