Union campaigners are in it together
THE proposed changes to the tax and benefit system mean that households in Plymouth will be on average £200 worse off next year.
This comes on top of another round of job losses and pay freezes for public-sector workers, all of which will have adverse knock-on effects upon a local economy such as Plymouth's, which is heavily dependent on the public sector.
The situation will be worse if the South West Pay Cartel manages to force through regional pay for health workers. It will cut living standards, dragging down wages across the city, impacting upon staff recruitment and retention and further undermining collective bargaining – the ability of unions to negotiate in defence of members' interests (unionised work places provide better terms and conditions and wages than non-unionised).
Working people are being made to pay for the bankers' crisis of 2008, and pay again for the failed austerity policies.
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We are clearly not all in it together.
On October 20, the TUC has called a march for 'a future that works' in London. Many of the big unions, including Unison (visit unison.org.uk/20102012), are organising transport for their members and for their members' families and friends, but for those in smaller unions, which are not organising their own transport, or non-unionised campaigners, Plymouth and District Trades Union Council (PTUC) is organising a coach to the march see for details go to www.plymouth-tuc.org.uk.
Branch chair, City of Plymouth branch UNISON