March and Rally in Sheffield City Centre
Saturday 17th December 2016
Assemble 1pm Devonshire Green for speeches then
short march through city centre
Speakers at the rally include:
Ian Hodson, National President, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU)
Louise Haigh MP, Sheffield Heeley
Tony Kearns, Senior Deputy General Secretary CWU
Karen Reay, UNITE Regional Secretary
Joanne Thomas, USDAW Regional Secretary
Natalie Bennett, Green Party
Neil Derrick, GMB Regional Secretary
Workers and Union Activists from ASOS, Sports Direct and other low paid workplaces
- Not a single city centre store pays its workers the Living Wage £8.25p per hour (set by Living Wage Foundation)
The Government’s so-called National Living Wage (£7.20p per hour) is the new Minimum Wage – but only to those over 25 years old. Those aged 18 to 20 only get £5.55p per hour!
The TUC says all workers need a minimum of £10 per hour to survive
Bosses can afford it – they just don’t want to pay it!
Workers need a trade union. Sheffield TUC is here to help…
“Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise” Campaign is aimed at all workers, not just those on the minimum wage. Most workers have seen their pay packets fall in real terms since the Crash – and working families are worse off across the city. Sheffield TUC is supporting workers forming a trade union and taking action to fight for a pay rise” said Martin Mayer.
For many workers it’s not just low pay:
- Zero hours contracts mean you never know how many hours work you’ll get a week
Bogus self-employment means you take on all the risks – and get no holiday pay or sick pay
Bullying bosses who make unreasonable demands – and threaten you with the sack if you don’t comply
Sheffield TUC says “All this can change if you join a trade union. When workers join together to make demands, anything is possible.”
“Strikes are a last resort, but if we have to strike to raise wages in Sheffield then that’s what we’ll do”
Explaining the thinking behind the campaign, Martin Mayer said “Research by the Resolution Foundation this year discovered that Sheffield workers suffer lower pay rates than other city in Britain. We know this because more workers benefited from the Government’s so-called National Minimum Wage (£7.20p per hour) than elsewhere. But that’s only for 25-year olds and over. Many of the employers are household names so they could afford to pay but don’t. They could recognise trade unions, but don’t. It’s not just the workers who suffer. It’s their families and their communities who are worse off. It affects Sheffield’s economy if ordinary families can’t make ends meet. It’s time something was done about it. If we in the trade union movement don’t do this, then nobody will”.
The campaign aims to bring low paid workers into trade unions and campaign together to force wages up in the city. “Strikes are a last resort, but if we have to strike to raise wages in Sheffield then that’s what we’ll do” said Martin Mayer
“Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise” Campaign says
ALL workers should be on
a minimum of £10 per hour to survive