Great success and brilliant turnout across the region. Protests were held in Sunderland, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Hartlepool, Newcastle and Darlington and our colleagues in Yorkshire held similar protests. This was all part of the national day of action against the cruel benefits sanctions regime.
Sanctions are a punishment that far outweigh the “crime”- if such trivialities as being two minutes late for an appointment counts as a crime. In Sunderland,Unite Community activists spoke to a young man who had been hospitalised for twelve days after being run over. He was sanctioned for missing his appointment!
The local media picked up on the day of action:
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And finally- let the pictures do the talking! A selection of photos from across the region
Thanks to all who took part. Together we can make a difference.