Britain Needs A Pay Rise: March and rally in Blackpool, Saturday 19 March

Head Office Circular No. NP/52/22

To all Branches and Regional Councils

25th February 2022

Dear Colleagues

Britain Needs A Pay Rise: March and rally in Blackpool, Saturday 19 March

The trade union movement will be in Blackpool on Saturday 19 March, to send a clear message to the Conservative party spring conference: Britain needs a pay rise!

The Trades Union Congress is organising the day of action in response to the rising cost of living whilst workers’ pay is frozen and millions are hit with real terms pay cuts as inflation hits record levels.

We need as many branches and members to attend this demo as possible and the TUC have set an attendance target for unions and the RMT target is for at least 250 members to attend. I can confirm that this is a legitimate item of expenditure from branch funds to support this demo.

The demo is being organised in response to:

Wages are standing still. They’re still lower than they were in 2008, just after the crash. This is the longest period of standstill wages in 200 years.
Bills are rising. Soaring energy prices and higher food prices are hitting family budgets hard – just as national insurance is hiked and universal credit cut
Workers aren’t treated with respect. A million workers are still on hated zero hours contracts. There’s no action on workplace racism. And sick pay is just £96 per week.

More information can be found here:

Please do everything you can to support this day of action in Blackpool and share details with relevant reps and members.

Yours sincerely

Michael Lynch
General Secretary