Last Saturday several members of the Maldon Labour Party joined the Britain Needs A Payrise march and rally in London which was organised by the TUC to highlight the growing inequality in the UK, to call for public sector pay rises and an end to the Coalition’s austerity policies.
The march, which began on Victoria Embankment, attracted over 90,000 workers from all over the country with supporting demonstrations taking place in Glasgow and Belfast.
A sea of union reds and purples wound into the distance along the Thames riverbank as marchers holding aloft balloons and colourful flags set off to the sound of blasting penny whistles and noisy clackers accompanied by drummers and brass bands. For all those present this was not just a protest but also a demonstration of solidarity with all those who have been left behind by the Coalition’s economic policies.
Frances O’Grady, amongst many who spoke at the rally in Hyde Park, said “Top directors earn 175 times more than the average worker, yet five million people are earning less than the living wage. An economy that finds money for tax cuts for the rich and boardroom greed is no longer working for the many."
Peter Edwards, Maldon’s parliamentary candidate, said “The coalition has failed on the economy and on the cost-of-living. It has forced the poorest people in society to bear the burden of the spending cuts. I shall be campaigning on all these issues on behalf of the people in Maldon District.
This common bond of solidarity so powerfully forged on the streets of our towns and cities must now go forward and transform into real action. We must work together to enable real and sustainable change.
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