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Leeds Trinity University supports Living Wage UK campaign

Posted on 19 November 2019

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​Two Leeds Trinity University staff members spoke at a national event​ as part of Living Wage Week 2019, to raise awareness of the importance of the Living Wage.


On Monday 11 November, Dr Ann Marie Mealey, Senior Lecturer in Theology at Leeds Trinity University, and Debbie Clark, Food Service Assistant at Aramark (the University’s catering services), spoke in front of business leaders, workers and public sector figures about the importance of the Living Wage.  


Held at KPMG in Leeds, the event was organised by The National Living Wage Foundation and Leeds Citizens, the latter of which the University is a founding member. Leeds Citizens is a network of faith, education and community organisations, working together to promote social justice in Leeds.


Leeds Trinity University was the only higher education institution in attendance, and both staff members spoke about why the University is supporting the Living Wage campaign. The campaign provides security of hours and ensures that workers in the UK are earning a wage they can live on. Debbie was also the only delegate at the event who receives the Living Wage.


Dr Mealey, who has co-edited a book​​ on social justice and citizenship, said: “As a Catholic Foundation University, we are guided by key ethical principles such as respect for human dignity. ​ This means that where we can make a difference to the lives of people living and working in conditions that we believe are anything less than human, we must recognise this and act to make a change. Giving the Living Wage to our staff is just one step in this direction.”​


Debbie said: “I feel lucky to be able to tell my story because mine has a happy ending; I’m earning the Living Wage. But for many this is not the case and so the fight continues.”


The event provided an opportunity for both Leeds Trinity staff members to encourage employers across the city of Leeds to make a public pledge to pay the Living Wage. Moving forward, the University will continue its work with Leeds Citizens, with the aim of making Leeds a Living Wage city and safeguarding social justice for all. ​​