A new campaign aimed at bringing together the low paid to demand a better deal on wages is to be launched in Chesterfield this evening
A public meeting in the library at 7.00pm will kick off the campaign with a get together of politicians and Trade Unionists.
‘The call is out for a rise in the minimum wage to £10 an hour for all over 18 years of age.’ Said James Eaden President of Chesterfield and District TUC. ‘Low pay is widespread across Derbyshire and across all sectors’ he went on to say ‘Local Foodbanks report working people unable to feed their families. This is totally unacceptable.’
Campaigners point to the growth of zero hours contracts and employers use of employment agencies as factors adding to the low pay misery.
Colin Hampton of Chesterfield Unite Community said ‘Low pay is just the tip of the iceberg for many working in our warehouses, care homes, shops and fast food restaurants. £10 an hour is much needed but the security of proper work contracts and guaranteed hours is what many workers crave.’
The Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey will join with Cheryl Pidgeon of Unite the Union and Gareth Lane of the Bakers Union to address the campaign launch.
Campaigners will be visiting workplaces during the week to encourage low paid workers to join with others to demand 'fair pay for all.'