.Representation

Actively supporting a Living Wage for under-25s not in full-time education (1516P40)

Status: Active | Zone: Sustainability

Passed: 01/08/2016 | Lapses: 01/07/2018

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • 1.         That in the Summer Budget, delivered by the Right Honourable George Osborne MP on 08th July 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the introduction of a new compulsory National Living Wage for those aged 25 years and over. This would be introduced from April 2016.
    2.         That the National Living Wage was introduced at a rate of £7.20 per hour, with there being an expectation that it would rise to £9.00 per hour by 2020.
    3.         That at present, no plans have been announced by the current Government to introduce a compulsory National Living Wage for those under the age of 25 years.
    4.         That Rhys Moore (Director of the Living Wage Foundation) has welcomed the arrival of a compulsory National Living Wage, but has also stated the perception that the Chancellor’s announcement raises several important questions. In the Living Wage Foundation’s response to the Summer Budget, Moore addresses the fact that approximately two million under-25s will not be covered by this measure.
    5.         That at the first Union Council meeting of the 2015-16 academic year (19th October 2015), an idea was submitted which was entitled ‘Supporting a Living Wage for those under the age of 25’, where it was referred to Trustee Board.
     
    6.         That at the fourth Union Council meeting of the 2015-16 academic year (14th March 2016), the Vice-President Welfare reported that the issue had been discussed at Trustee Board, where it was decided that supporting a Living Wage for under-25s internally would be financially unsustainable and could result in fewer student-staff employees. It was suggested that the Union could still support a Living Wage for those under the age of 25 and not in full-time education.
  • 1.         That there should be a compulsory National Living Wage for those under the age of 25 years who are not in full-time education.
    2.         That the Students’ Union should actively lobby the University to introduce a Living Wage for individuals under the age of 25 years and not in full-time education.
    3.         That the Students’ Union should actively call on HM Government to introduce a Living Wage for individuals under the age of 25 years and not in full-time education.
     
    4.         That the Students’ Union should work with the Living Wage Foundation to establish contacts and utilise resources that will be instrumental in helping the Union to ensure that this policy is as successful as possible.
  • To lobby the University of Southampton to introduce a Living Wage for individuals under the age of 25 years and not in full-time education.
    2.       To call on HM Government to introduce a Living Wage for individuals under the age of 25 years who are not in full-time education and actively lobby local politicians to support this policy.
     
     
    3.       To liaise with the Living Wage Foundation to establish contacts and utilise resources that will be instrumental in helping the Union to ensure that this policy is as successful as possible. 
  • 1.       The Sustainability Zone Committee to be responsible for the implementation of this policy, with updates being given at every meeting of the Committee where there is new information to report.
     
    2.       The Vice-President Welfare to communicate progress on this policy to the student body.