Tomorrow at 11am, I'll be joining the TUC (Trades Union Congress) March & Rally in London for a New Deal for Working People. You can find details of the march here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/new-deal-working-people-tuc-march-and-rally
I'm marching because while the Tories have spent the past eight years telling us "we're all in this together", we're not. Because wages are still lower in real terms than they were before the crash. Because too many workers are stuck in zero hour contracts and the gig economy when they'd prefer stable work, with the security of a regular pay cheque and the comfort of being able to plan their lives without worrying about being called into work at the last minute.
Because while our nurses, firefighters, police and other public sector workers have had to suffer a pay freeze. Because workers deserve dignity at work and fair pay for honest work. Because our public services need to be protected, not put at risk by cuts.
But I'm not just marching because I'm angry at the shocking state of the country. I'm also marching to support the TUC's 'Great Jobs Agenda'. It's a powerful manifesto for change, which includes much-needed policies like a proper National Living Wage so that a fair day's work means a fair day's pay, workers on company boards to make sure their interests are listened to, and making sure that those who don't want to be on zero hour contracts aren't so they can have some security and stability. You can find the full document here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/great-jobs-agenda.pdf