A PAY RISE FOR ALL! Tens of thousands marched all over Britain and Northern Ireland to march for a pay rise. Belfast No to Low Pay, 18th October 2014 © Paula Geraghty The Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is organised a m …
A PAY RISE FOR ALL!
Tens of thousands marched all over Britain and Northern Ireland to march for a pay rise.
The Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is organised a march and rally in Belfast’s Writers Square to highlight widespread low pay and the squeeze on family finances as real pay loses its value in comparison with the cost of living.
Video with vox pops of why workers were on the march here:
The Belfast event gives local workers the opportunity to highlight the fact that Northern Ireland has the highest proportion (25%) of working people who are paid less than the Living Wage, according to research by the Nevin Institute of Economic Research*. The present calculation of the living wage is £7.65 per hour.
The pre-march rally took place at Belfast’s Writers’ Square at 12 noon.
The speakers, all rank-and-file workers and union activists, were introduced by NIC-ICTU vice-chair Maria Morgan, and they will speak on behalf of different parts of the public and private sectors.
Watch the speeches here
NIC-ICTU vice-chair Maria Morgan
Danielle McCusker from USDAW Tesco
Why are we marching?
– Wages have not kept pace with prices
– Falling wages and growing inequality and poverty hits businesses as well as households
– The worst attack on the living standards of workers for nearly a century
– The super- rich continue to see their incomes soar
Stephanie Greenwood, Unison Health
Bill McClinton, GMB Local Government
What do we want?
– An enforced minimum wage
– Commitment to the living wage
– A crackdown on excessive executive pay and bonuses
– A crackdown on tax dodging, evasion and avoidance.
Janet Murdock, NIPSA
Paul Wolfe, PCS Civil Service
Blaine Kilgallon, Unite, Sainsburys
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