The Living Wage: An Ethical and Spiritual Duty
I remember the first time I felt underpaid. I was working for a great company, doing interesting work, but really needed to earn more. Instead of spending all my brain power focusing on work and life, I spent a fair amount of time worrying about what I could do to earn more - tutoring at the weekend? I looked up being an Uber driver and being a Deliveroo biker. Would my parents really notice if I took their car for a few hours every night?! Am I fit enough to ride a bike around London for five hours at a time?
The Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) believes in a fair wage for a hard day’s work.
Zero hours contracts and low wages can make vulnerable people even more vulnerable. This means it is an ethical and a spiritual obligation to protect people from these things.
This affects MYH in three ways:
Our clients often talk about what being underpaid means to them, describing the struggles of working hard, and still feeling like they aren’t getting anywhere, struggling with debt, and not being able to afford essentials for their families.
The MYH Helpline team deal with heartbreaking, emotionally tough and painful situations every day. Our job is to make sure that the team are well looked after, so that they can provide the best service to our clients. Paying the London Living Wage helps ensure that they are well cared for.
Every organisation has an effect on society. By making sure we pay the London Living Wage, we’re making sure ours has a positive impact on our community and wider society.
At MYH we’ve been paying the real London living wage for the last two years. Earlier this year, we signed up to be a Living Wage Employer with the Living Wage Foundation, to encourage other organisations to do the same. You can find more information on how to do this, and the benefits of paying a real wage, at livingwage.org.uk.