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Thousands of Unite members to march for a future that ...

Thousands of Unite members to march for a future that works on October 20

17 October 2012

Unite will be leading the march from Hungerford Bridge on Victoria Embankment from noon on Saturday October 20

Thousands of Unite members from across the UK are gearing up to join the TUC backed march for 'a future that works’ on Saturday 20 October

Unite has booked trains and coaches for members from the four corners of the country and will be joined by other unions, community groups and thousands more people who will be marching against the government's austerity programme. 

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey will be on the march and available for interview.

With almost one million young people out of work, attacks on our public services, wages stagnating and welfare cuts hitting many low paid workers, forcing more and more people into the clutches of pay day lenders, Unite is calling on the government to take immediate action to help the people of this country by:

1. Increasing the minimum wage by £1 to £7.19 an hour, to help low earners and stimulate the economy. 

2. Capping energy bills as four of the ‘big six’ energy firms introduce massive price rises, piling more pressure on struggling households up and down the country.

3. Creating a national investment bank or ‘bank of hope’ to invest in the nation's infrastructure for jobs and growth.

4. Building over 100,000 affordable homes to tackle the housing crisis and create jobs.

5. Tackling tax avoidance and evasion to make the rich and big companies pay their share.

ENDS

For interview requests ahead of the march or on the day please contact Pauline Doyle on 07976 832 861, Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 or Shaun Noble on: 07768 693 940.

Notes to editors: Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.