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Photograph - Emily at Start of TUC Demonstration on Victoria Embankment

Labour’s Emily Brothers – Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam – joined thousands of trade unionists marching in central London today (18/10/14), campaigning for a fairer economic recovery. Speaking at the head of the march from Victoria Embankment, Ms Brothers said:
“Getting money back into people’s pockets is essential to securing a strong recovery.
“We also need to avoid another debt fuelled 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 I’m supporting proposals from Trade Unionists that will start to move our economy back in the right direction.
“Defending the Minimum Wage and advancing our claim for a fair Living Wage is essential if a shared recovery is to be secure for everybody in Sutton and Cheam.”



Photograph - Emily at End of TUC Demonstration in Hyde Park with Banner

Speaking from Hyde Park as protesters gathered following the march, Ms Brothers added:
“In this week that saw Lord Freud under value disabled people by suggesting they should be paid a derisory £2 per hour, simply reinforces how Conservative policy so cruelly impacts on vulnerable people in our community.”



Photograph - Emily at End of TUC Demonstration in Hyde Park with Banner 


The Trades Union Congress (TUC) demonstration on 18/10/14 from Victoria Embankment to Hyde Park centres on a campaign that focuses on four key issues.
• A properly enforced minimum wage:
While the national minimum wage safeguards from extreme low pay it’s no use if not properly enforced. The Government should publicly name and shame those companies who aren’t paying up. HMRC also need more resources to help them to identify more minimum wage cheats.
• Higher wages from employers who can afford to pay:
Many low paid sector employers could afford to pay more without making job losses. That’s why there should be new ways for unions and employers to work together to set higher wages, so that workers and businesses both get a fair deal.
• Increased commitment to the living wage:
Companies that can well afford to pay the living wage are not doing so and contractors are winning lucrative public sector contracts are continuing to pay poverty wages. More local authorities need to make sure that their own staff and those in their supply chains get at least the living wage.
• A crackdown on excessive executive pay:
Pay at the top continues to rocket, fuelling inequality and excessive financial risk taking. Top pay needs to be brought under control, starting with worker representation on pay committees and far more transparency about how much the super rich are being paid.







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