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GMB Members To March On October 18th

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GMB Members To March On Saturday 18th October In London, Glasgow And Belfast For Decent Pay Rises And Economic And Social Justice

Members have faced imposed pay freezes or derisory pay offers which do not bring earnings up to the levels that were lost during this long running recession says GMB.

GMB members with flags and banners will attend marches and rallies in London, Glasgow and Belfast on Saturday 18th October in support of decent pay rises for all workers and for economic and social justice.

The London march, called by the TUC, will assemble from 11am along Victoria Embankment from Embankment Tube Station towards Temple Tube station. It will move off at noon, and march via Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly to Hyde Park for a rally saying Britain Needs A Pay Rise.

The Glasgow march, called by STUC, will assemble at 10am in Glasgow Green and move off at 10.30am for a Rally in George Square to say it is time to create a just Scotland.

The Belfast march, called by ICTU, will assemble at 12pm in Writer’s Square, Belfast and will march off at 12.45pm calling for a pay rise for all.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “People are currently facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times, and wages have fallen in real terms every year since 2010.

The economic recovery has a long way to go as even with strong growth this year GDP per head will be still 3% below 2007 levels. This is the root cause of the value of earnings being down by 14% in real terms. See notes to editors for changes in GDP per head since 2007.

Living standards of GMB members continue to decline, because of increased housing costs, childcare, food and utility bills. Members have faced imposed pay freezes, or derisory pay offers which do not bring earnings up to the levels that were lost during this long running recession.

Wealth and income inequality in the UK is now once again at pre WW1 levels. The divide in society has never been wider and we are seeing a return to the days of the workhouse with food banks becoming the soup kitchen.

All workers expect is a fair days pay for a fair days, which provides respect and dignity for them and their families. This is not a lot to ask or expect it is a basic right.  To tackle this we need action for both short and longer term. The minimum wage should rise, the public sector pay cap should go and a living wage should be mandatory.

To achieve this we need a Labour Government committed to pursue a sustainable economic recovery, not one based on political ideology, to boost incomes and reduce insecurity for workers and their families.”

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Contact in London: Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or Martin Smith 07974 251 722; in Scotland Harry Donaldson 07885 456726 or Richard Leonard 07703 465447: or Northern Ireland Denise Walker 07808 101357 or contact GMB press office 07921 289880/ 07974 251 823 for contacts across England and Wales.

Notes to editors

GDP per head since 2007.

The figures for GDP in £m is chained volume measures i.e. adjusted for inflation: Seasonally adjusted.

 

Gross Domestic Product £m

population

GDP per capita

2007=100

% change since 1997

2007

1,552,989

61,319,100

25,326

100

 

2008

1,541,039

61,823,800

24,926

98.4

-1.6

2009

1,461,361

62,260,500

23,472

92.7

-7.3

2010

1,485,616

62,759,500

23,672

93.5

-6.5

2011

1,502,216

63,285,100

23,737

93.7

-6.3

2012

1,506,388

63,705,000

23,640

93.3

-6.7

2013

1,531,428

64,135,000

23,878

94.3

-5.7

2014

1,585,028

64,510,969

24,570

97.0

-3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

NB: 2014 population data are 2012-based projections for start of the year

 

GDP figures for 2014 calculated using 3.5% growth since 2013

 

 

 

 

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