Turning Loud Claps into Living Wages
This title is taken from Doctoral researcher at Leeds University Business School Calum Carson’s article for the JESP European Social Policy Blog ‘Turning Loud Claps into Living Wages: Tackling In-work Poverty within a Post-COVID-19 Landscape.’ It well portrays the Living Wage Foundation and its supporters’ desire to turn the nation’s gratitude for key workers that have been putting themselves at considerable risk to deliver essential goods and services during lockdown, into tangible actions and results, rather than relying on gestures.
As suggested in the article, we want to make sure that this recognition of caring and essential work and the injustice of wide spread low pay in these sectors to ‘remain in the forefront of public debate.’ Read about the Living Wage Foundation’s focus on key workers.
Social Care and the Real Living Wage
Those that work in the social care sector have long been on the Living Wage Foundation’s radar. The strains of COVID-19 on the sector and key workers becoming more visible than ever has only served to highlight their hard work, often for poverty pay. We are beginning to see enquiries from care homes about becoming accredited employers including an accreditation this month from Gwyddfor Residential. They have already proved to be active supporters of the Living Wage and care workers rights on social media and in their actions, and we hope that other care homes and establishments will be able to follow suit.
This petition for a Real Living Wage for key workers is an opportunity to go a step further than clapping and work towards meaningful rewards. You can also write to your MP to demand a Living Wage for care workers.