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Reading Uni Campaign for Living Wage

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It was good to be able to help Reading University students this week as they campaigned for the Living Wage to be paid to all staff at the university.

The event is due to be featured on local TV after students came up with the imaginative idea of holding a bungee walk to show that however hard low income earners work and cut costs - it can be almost impossible to make ends meet.

I put on a bungee rope and had a go and struggling - struggling to reach the end of a bouncy castle - before being pulled suddenly back. I also signed the petition and am helping students with the campaign.

The stunt was a great way to make a point although I wouldn't recommend trying it at home.Many staff at the university and those working for other employers struggle to make ends meet - living on modest wages in a high cost town. However, research by students leading the campaign suggests that increasing staff pay at the university could be cost neutral - as it could reduce staff turn over which is in itself expensive because of the high cost of agency staff and recruitment.I hope university management will reconsider their position on this important issue which has an impact on residents in Katesgrove ward, which I represent. It is also affects many other local people, including many students who work for the university.

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