Join public sector workers in London on Tuesday 17 October.
Feeder march – gather at Downing Street, Whitehall, SW1A 2AA at 17.30. March to Parliament Square, SW1P 3BD for rally, 18.30-20.00 with speakers including Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary.
Public sector workers are up to £3,000 a year worse off since 2010. Their wages are not keeping up with the cost of living yet they’re under more and more pressure at work.
Emma Randle, a mental health clinical studies officer from Birmingham, said: "What I see day in and day out is an NHS on its knees, barely functioning with frustrated clinicians not being able to care for their patients properly, worn out, disillusioned and demoralised.”
Kay Rogers, a housing assistant from Southampton, said: “When I get my monthly salary, part of my wages goes to salary sacrifice towards childcare. I bring home £20 a month. If it wasn’t for my PIP that I was finally awarded three years ago despite being disabled all my life, I wouldn’t be able to pay for food for us to eat.”
Debbie Wilkinson, who has been a paramedic in Leeds for 26 years, said: “Things are really hard and I literally live hand-to-mouth. I still have the same household bills to pay – which rise with inflation year on year – but my salary doesn’t. I simply don’t know how long I will be able keep my head above water.”
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