Trade Unions in pay and living standards rally

Evesham Journal: Members of  Worcester Trades Union Council hold a demo in Worcester. (from left) Pete McNally, Mark Davis, Maggie and Andy Fenwick and Bryn Griffiths with a petition to gain fair pay in the public sector workplace. Members of Worcester Trades Union Council hold a demo in Worcester. (from left) Pete McNally, Mark Davis, Maggie and Andy Fenwick and Bryn Griffiths with a petition to gain fair pay in the public sector workplace.

TRADE unionists took to the streets of Worcester today as part of a campaign to raise pay and living standards.

Members of Worcester Trades Union Council gathered in Angel Place to voice concern that wages are failing to keep pace with the cost of living.

They asked shoppers to sign a petition which will be sent to te leaders of the UK's three main political parties expressing their dismay that many people are not benefitting from the country's economic growth.

"We're trying to get the message out that the benefits of economic growth are going to the people at the top who are getting richer," said Pete McNally, chair of Worcester Trades Union Council.

"There is an imbalance.

"A recent report showed the five richest families in the UK have as much wealth as the bottom 20 per cent of the country.

“What we need are all jobs paid at least the living wage and an end to the scourge of temporary and zero hours contracts."

He said he appreciates that people have busy lives but urged workers to think about their working conditions.

The rally was part of the Trade Union Congress’ Fair Pay Fortnight.

Similar protests were made across the West Midlands with a summit planned for Birmingham Town Hall next Friday (April 4).

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6:55pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Europeanist64 says...

Good luck to 'em! The economy is getting richer and so are the top 10% and the rest of us are getting poorer.

Every millionaire was given tax breaks worth £40,000 last year.

Work must pay!
Good luck to 'em! The economy is getting richer and so are the top 10% and the rest of us are getting poorer. Every millionaire was given tax breaks worth £40,000 last year. Work must pay! Europeanist64
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5:52pm Sun 30 Mar 14

bmoc55 says...

Have the Unions not yet woken up to the serious financial problems this country faces?
The only way to improve salaries is to increase productivity, stop restrictive Union work practices and to understand that wage increases have to be related to improved company profite.
No good just demanding more wages in a parrot fashion.
Have the Unions not yet woken up to the serious financial problems this country faces? The only way to improve salaries is to increase productivity, stop restrictive Union work practices and to understand that wage increases have to be related to improved company profite. No good just demanding more wages in a parrot fashion. bmoc55
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6:58pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Europeanist64 says...

The unions have delivered massive changes in productivity. Work must give people dignity, not zero-hour contracts and a minimum wage which is meaningless.

Workers like shareholders have a moral right to a relative standard of living, not pay cuts for increased productivity.
The unions have delivered massive changes in productivity. Work must give people dignity, not zero-hour contracts and a minimum wage which is meaningless. Workers like shareholders have a moral right to a relative standard of living, not pay cuts for increased productivity. Europeanist64
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9:19am Mon 31 Mar 14

thesquirrel says...

Here's an idea - a private sector employee would need to sacrifice 30% of salary in order to afford a pension similar to that of a public sector employee. Even then it would still not be guaranteed and subject to stock market investment risk. Let's make things fair - a 30% pay rise for all public sector employees but their gold-plated pensions taken away. What's that I hear you say? You want better pay *and* gold-plated pensions!? Ah, you want to have your cake and eat it.
Here's an idea - a private sector employee would need to sacrifice 30% of salary in order to afford a pension similar to that of a public sector employee. Even then it would still not be guaranteed and subject to stock market investment risk. Let's make things fair - a 30% pay rise for all public sector employees but their gold-plated pensions taken away. What's that I hear you say? You want better pay *and* gold-plated pensions!? Ah, you want to have your cake and eat it. thesquirrel
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