Labour Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna was in Cambridge on Saturday morning to launch the Living Wage Week. He joined students and local living wage campaigners to congratulate King's College on implementing the Living Wage and to urge others to follow suit.
Following a fantastic campaign by students at King's College Cambridge, many of them members of Cambridge Universities Labour Club, the college has voted to budget to pay all staff the Living Wage next year. Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate, a graduate of King's, has been campaigning on the issue for years.
Ed Miliband’s offer to help employers to meet the cost of paying the living wage is the chance for Cambridge employers to make Cambridge a Living Wage City, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner. Mr Zeichner will attend the speech tomorrow when the Labour Leader marks Living Wage week by offering a tax-break to employers who become accredited Living Wage employers.
Keynes Hall at King’s was packed yesterday for a Living Wage rally organised jointly by Cambridge Universities Labour Club and CUSU Women’s Campaign. Over 120 people heard Heather Wakefield from UNISON, Tom Chigbo from Citizens UK, Kayte Lawton from IPPR, Priya Kothari from Save the Children and Daniel Zeichner from Cambridge Labour discuss the Living Wage.
As MPs debate benefit cuts today, Cambridge Labour Parliamentary spokesperson Daniel Zeichner is highlighting the failure of Microsoft to pay workers a living wage at its new CB1 offices near Cambridge station. He says that the best way forward is to boost wages, not cut the tax-credits that companies like Microsoft rely on to subsidise low-pay.
Microsoft’s move to new offices on the CB1 development near Cambridge railway station could set the standard for fair pay in the city, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary spokesperson Daniel Zeichner. While attention in the campaign for a living wage in Cambridge has so far focused on public employers like councils and universities, Mr Zeichner says that this is a great opportunity for a world-renowned company to set a lead: