Cripps Health Centre leads the way in Living Wage.

9th June 2014

Celebrations were held at Cripps as the GP surgery becomes the first living wage accredited in the Midlands.

Today celebrations were held on campus as Cripps Health Centre, the GP surgery on campus, became an accredited Living Wage employer. This makes it the first GP in the Midlands to do so.

We went along to the event where members of the surgery who agreed to the deal, members of the Living Wage campaign and the students’ union were present.

Paying a Living Wage means that workers at Cripps will be paid an hourly rate set independently and calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. This currently stands at £7.65 an hour, significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.31. At present employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

Dr Hugh Porter, GP at the Cripps health centre, told us why he made the decision to pay the Living wage:

Students played a key part in the campaign, setting up their own UoN Living Wage group. We spoke to Mike Pugh about how he got involved:

Sam Leach spoke at the event which you can hear below. We also asked him why he thinks workers at The University of Nottingham being paid Living Wage is important to students:

Dr Hugh Porter receiving his Living Wage accreditation.

So will The University of Nottingham become a Living Wage employer?

Our Environment Officer, Mike, told us about the SU involvement in the campaign:

And Mike Pugh, who was key to the citizens campaign, also told us if he thinks the SU will become a living wage employer:

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