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Cost of living demo to take place on Preston Flag Market

Posted on - 1st April, 2022 - 9:55am | Author - | Posted in - Flag Market, Politics, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston News
People will be rallying tomorrow. Pic: Event page, Facebook

A cost of living demo and rally is set to take place on Preston’s flag market tomorrow (2 April).

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It will start at 11.30am and finish at 1.30pm.

The demo and rally is to protest the rising cost of living, and the lack of action by the government.

Banners and placards are welcome.

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At it’s March meeting P&SRTUC passed the following motion: “Preston & South Ribble TUC condemns the growing poverty and inequality in our city, towns and villages and in the wider country.

“Sharp increases in poverty and inequality can be seen everywhere, in the huge growth in food bank use and in the fact that so many more families (including those families with one or more wage-earners) no longer have the means both to properly feed themselves and at the same time to pay exorbitant energy bills.

“This TUC rejects the contention that workers are responsible for the current Cost of Living Crisis. It deplores the arguments made by the Tories, the Bank of England, the IOD and others, that workers’ pay has to be suppressed to prevent what they consider to be undesirable levels of inflation.

“P&SRTUC supports workers in their demands for fair pay. Instead of punishing employed workers with cuts to wages, pensions and terms and conditions, and unemployed workers with cuts to social security benefits, this TUC demands that the government acts now to increase the standard of living of working-class people across the board.

“This TUC therefore calls on the government to:

  • withdraw the planned increase in NI contributions
  • reinstate the Universal Credit uplift
  • introduce a windfall tax on the energy companies
  • re-nationalise the utilities
  • introduce a real Living Wage
  • invest in green energy production (including local energy production, as envisaged in the Preston Model).P&SRTUC resolves to work with local campaign groups and sympathetic organisations in campaigning for these demands to be met.”

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