East Street, Bedminster
21st February 2014
10:00 – 12:30
Bristol Trades Union Council will be in Bedminster to raise awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis. Working people are seeing their living standards squeezed harder and harder. The cost of energy, food and housing is soaring but wages aren’t keeping up. People have lost over £4,000 since 2009 and while jobs may be returning to the economy they’re increasingly low paid, low hours and low security. As a result, more and more people struggle to pay their rent, mortgage and heat their homes. Women and young workers are particularly affected.
The TUC recently reported that wages had fallen, as a share of the economy, from 66% in 1975 to 54% in 2014. A quick back of an envelope calculation suggests to reverse this slide would require an average £173 per week pay rise for every employee.
Bristol Trades Union Council and the Trades Union Congress want to help workers in Bedminster fight for Fair Pay to reverse the decline in pay.
By Fair Pay we mean getting money back into people pockets which is essential to securing a strong recovery. We also need to avoid another debt fueled spending boom of the sort that caused the recent financial crisis – sustainable economic growth depends on fairer pay for ordinary workers and smaller bonuses for the super rich.
That’s why the Bristol TUC is campaigning for action that will start to move our economy back in the right direction.
A properly enforced minimum wage;
Higher minimum wages for employers who can afford to pay more;
Increased commitment to the living wage;
A crackdown on excessive executive pay.
Workers in Bedminster have a proud history of standing up for themselves, but changes in the type of jobs has weakened this tradition. Now is the time for workers in Bedminster to help establish Bristol as a City that pays it’s workers Fair Pay. Join a trade union!
Where to find us: On the day we’re on East Street, Bedminster, close to Argos and Greggs. There will be a stall, the Bristol Trades Union Council ( Bristol TUC ) banner and Fair Pay Fortnight flags.
Please come and join us and give your support, either by volunteering to help distribute our leaflet “Bristol needs fair pay” or engaging with the workers of Bedminster. If you can volunteer for an hour or two, please complete the form below, you can volunteer for more than one slot. You don’t have to fill in the form if you don’t want to – just turn up between 10:00 and 12:30.