Unite Community members in Durham joined forces with the Public & Commercial Services (PCS) Union and others in support of the TUC Fair pay Fortnight campaign, highlighting the need for all workers to receive a living wage.
At least one in four workers in Durham receives less than the living wage of £7.65 per hour. Wages in general have been falling since 2009, with the average worker seeing a real terms fall in their pay of £4000 per year, leaving many families struggling on or below the breadline.
The living wage campaign calls for all to receive a basic living wage, which is simply enough to pay for the necessities in life (food, shelter, heating) but does not include luxuries. There is no excuse for employers not to pay their staff enough for the necessities of life.
More info about the campaign can be found on the campaign website
Dozens of signatures were collected despite the damp weather, and practically everyone we spoke to agreed that Britain really does need a pay rise!