February 1, 2019

End Poverty Pay in Sport

This week I hosted an event in Parliament with Citizens UK on our ongoing campaign for sports clubs and venues to pay the real Living Wage. I got involved with the Living Wage Foundation campaign years ago as a trade union lawyer and have been working with Citizens Cymru in Cardiff aiming to persuade Cardiff City FC and the Principality Stadium to join …

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April 19, 2016

Speaking Up for Low Paid Workers and Seafarers in the National Living Wage Debate

On Monday 18 April I took part in a debate on a motion relating to the Introduction of the National Living Wage and related changes to employee contracts. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh. In February 2016 the Government announced that the minimum wage would be increased to a new ‘national living wage’. However, some …

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November 5, 2015

Congratulations to Cardiff University Winning Living Wage 2015 Award for Wales

As a long time Living Wage campaigner I was proud to congratulate Cardiff University in Parliament today on their Living Wage Champion Award, the only university in the UK to receive this recognition. I also took the opportunity to ask Chris Grayling, Leader of the House, to advise the Chancellor that the Tories’ so called national living wage is nothing …

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December 9, 2014

Changing Britain Together – Tackling Low Pay

How should we tackle low pay in Britain today? A Labour government will halve the number of people on low pay in Britain, raise the minimum wage and give a tax break to businesses that sign up to pay the living wage. Do you have any ideas on how to tackle low pay, or a personal story to share? Get in …

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May 20, 2014

Campaigning for Cardiff City FC to Pay the Living Wage

While we all want to see Cardiff City shoot straight back into the Premier League, we hope the Club will take the opportunity to ‘go down in a blaze of glory’ by becoming the first ‘Living Wage’ football club in the UK. The Living Wage is a voluntary measure paid by employers who can afford it to ensure their staff earn enough to live, not just …

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February 28, 2014

Cardiff University’s Living Wage Plans

I was pleased this week to see that Cardiff University has decided to apply for accreditation as a Living Wage employer. This is great news. Since the Lib Dem and Tory government came into office, wages have been falling behind the rising cost of living. People are working harder, for longer, for less. I hope many other local business and …

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