President of the Conference the Rev'd. Alison Tomlin, announced that the Methodist Church will use its influence as an investor to urge companies to pay the Living Wage. The Methodist Church will from September pay all workers at least the Living Wage – the minimum wage required for a person to live and participate in society.
To a Westminster Central Hall packed with community activists celebrating ten years of the London Living Wage, Alison said: "A company cannot say with integrity it believes its workers are its most important asset and not pay them enough to live on. A politician cannot with integrity say they believe in the family values while not challenging pay levels that ensure some people must work 60+ hours a week merely to meet their basic needs. The Living Wage is an active expression of our belief that human work and endeavour is a spiritually significant thing."
The campaign includes many ecumenical partners and is co-ordinated by FairPensions. Go to www.fairpensions.org.uk to find out how to use your personal investments to put pressure on companies to pay the Living Wage.
In addition, a campaign to lobby FTSE 100 companies to adopt the Living Wage has been backed by the Methodist Church and its Central Finance Board. People are encouraged to lobby these companies directly at www.activateyourmoney.org.
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