Mei Leng Yew reports for Durham University’s Palatinate on the students’ union’s move to campaign for staff to be paid the living wage:
The figures taken from the November 2011 payroll show that 522 of the 4,009 people directly employed by the University earn less than £7.20 per hour. This amounts to 13% of total University employees.
…The living wage is annually determined by an independent body, and calculated according to the basic cost of providing for a family and avoiding the effects of poverty, such as ill-health and lower levels of child development. The figure currently stands at £8.30 per hour in London and £7.20 outside of the capital.
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