Hundreds of trade union members from around the UK descended on Westminster yesterday, to put pressure on MPs to take drastic action to boost workers’ pay – the best possible solution to easing the cost of living crisis.
Plymouth in UNISON members were among those making their voices heard at the ‘We Demand Better’ lobby and rally, organised by the TUC.
A number of individuals set up meetings with their MPs, in order to share their stories, describe how the crisis is affecting the lives of ordinary workers, and impose on their elected representatives the need for better pay deals across the public sector.
The UNISON members taking part were voicing the message of the union’s cost of living campaign, Together We Rise – that soaring prices don’t have to push people into poverty. It’s the government’s political choices that are doing that.
Kevin Treweeks, Plymouth in UNISON branch secretary said:
“I went to London to raise awareness of the impact the cost of living crisis is having on public sector workers in Plymouth.
“Unfortunately, our Plymouth MPs didn’t make the time to see us, but we had productive conversations with Diane Abbott, Kate Osborne and Angela Rayner who were all incredibly supportive.
“It is vital that we continue to raise our voices and challenge this government.”