“The Living Wage Policy is intended to ensure all university staff are paid a ‘living wage’, in which they are paid the amount to comfortably live on, which is said to be £7.20 an hour. However, from this month staff over 21 employed by Sheffield Trading Services, which will include the new Endcliffe Village Store and all new casual staff at ACS outlets, as well as venues at the University House from 2013, will be paid at the rates of National Minimum Wage – merely £6.08.”
 
“If the John Lewis partners want to know if they get better value by outsourcing and underpaying cleaners, studies in the Economic Journal suggest that the use of temporary, insecure workers results in declining productivity in many countries.”
 
“Significantly fewer local authorities apply Living Wage policies to their contractors, than to directly employed staff. However, over seven per cent have such a policy and a further 11 per cent are considering such a policy. Whilst some local authorities may fear that extending the Living Wage to contractors might have substantial adverse impact on budgets, those who have put this into effect have not found this to be so.”
 
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News and Comment
“Their names are Claire, Billy, Amira, Sydnee, Trey. Regular east London kids, some of the many who came along to the Poplar Boys and Girls Youth Club in Tower Hamlets during two days in August to have their pictures taken, and to say what they thought child poverty in the UK was and how they felt about it.”

 
“The idea that how much control you have over your work and life affects your health has generated talk in policy-making circles about the need to empower people. But the evidence is contested. When economists look at the same data, they see something different.”
 
“As the developed nations succumb to extreme inequality and social immobility, the myth of the self-made man becomes ever more potent. It is used to justify its polar opposite: an unassailable rent-seeking class, deploying its inherited money to finance the seizure of other people’s wealth.”
 
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Meetings etc

 
Sheffield Equality Group – 7pm-9pm, Wednesday 3rd October
Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW
Chat about the gap between high and low income and planning actions to address it. The group is an autonomous group affiliated to the national Equality Trust and meets on the first Wednesday of every month. All welcome
 
Tax Justice Hearing – 7:30pm-9pm, Wednesday 10th October
Sheffield Cathedral with Dean Peter Bradley, Dr Dereje Alemayehu (Tax Justice Network), and David Price (Church Action on Poverty). Hear stories of how tax dodging is harming the poor locally and globally and find out how you can make a difference. The Tax Justice Bus will be outside the Cathedral from 4pm.
 
A Future That Works – 11am-1:30pm, Saturday 20th October
Embankment to Hyde Park, London
Demonstration calling for a future that encourages companies to raise average pay, penalises big bonuses and invests in training and new industries.
 
Growing Change: a journey inside Venezuela’s food revolution – 7:30pm Thursday 1st November
Sheffield Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk St, S1 2JB In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what’s possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food. Film followed by discussion. Hosted by WDM Sheffield