As UNISON members in other branches are striking on 10th July 2014, members here at the UNISON West Berkshire Local Government Branch are urged to show their support by joining the TUC mass demonstration on Saturday 18th October under the banner 'Britain Needs a Pay Rise'. The demonstration will begin with a march through central London, culminating in a rally in Hyde Park.
The march will assemble from 11am on the Embankment near Blackfriars. It will then move off at noon, and march via Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly to Hyde Park for a rally.
This is a slightly shorter route that previous marches, and it's hoped that this will allow more people to get to Hyde Park in time for more of the rally content. This will mean that the march does not pass Westminster or Downing Street.
The key Tube stations will be Blackfriars, Southwark and St Pauls. Temple is likely to be closed as it is small and easily overcrowded.
There will also be a short march for those who do not wish to do the full route.
There will be an assembly area on the Embankment and a viewing platform in Hyde Park for wheelchair/scooter users. Please let the TUC know as soon as possible if any members require British Sign Language interpretation at the rally.
This will be the fourth march that the TUC has organised since the coalition came to power. The first – the March for the Alternative – in March 2011 saw 500,000 people attending a huge march and rally in London.
With people facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times, and official figures out last month showing that wages have fallen in real terms every year since 2010, the TUC believes that as growth returns to the UK economy, everyone should get to share in the recovery.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Hard-pressed families across the UK must be beginning to wonder when the tough times they are experiencing will ever end. They keep hearing that the economy is growing and learning of yet another bonus extravaganza in the city, yet their own wages never seem to go far enough.
“Worries about money are a big deal for ordinary people. While their household budgets can just about stretch to cover everyday essentials, they are likely to have to load up their credit cards to meet the cost of any unexpected items.
“During the dark days of recession, workers accepted that their pay might have to be frozen or even cut to save jobs, but now the economy is picking up – and many employers can afford to pay their staff more – the time has come for Britain to get a pay rise.”
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