Work and Pay

The Living Wage and the Public Sector's Role in Establishing Employment Standards

  • Published 1st Sep 2001
  • Authors: Steven Fuller, , Peter Kenway,
  • Category: Work and Pay

Local government and health authorities play a key role in tackling poverty and its consequences, such as health inequalities. Yet public sector employment practices can run against these ambitions. In particular, many support services are now provided by private sector contractors who often offer very low wage rates, potentially creating the very poverty that the public sector organisations are trying to combat. One answer to this is the ‘living wage’.

In this briefing paper Steven Fuller and Peter Kenway discuss how public sector bodies could use their procurement practices to promote good employment standards, bolster their anti-poverty work, tackle inequalities and support public service reform.

About this report
This report was funded by UNISON and TGWU and written by Steven Fuller and Peter Kenway. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the union.