It is less than three weeks to the People’s Assembly march in Manchester (supported by UNISON) to coincide with the Tory Party conference. Join us in our fight to get Fair Pay. Let’s send the government a message that is loud and clear – Pay Up Now! We need to be mobilising now to make our voices heard.
ON THE DAY
The People’s Assembly has organised various events before the march sets off at the Castlefield Arena (off Liverpool Road) between 11.30am – 2.00pm. See their website for details.
The route of the march has now been confirmed.
Assemble from 1pm: Liverpool Road, M3 4JN
March moves off: 2.00 – 2.30pm
March route: Deansgate, Whitworth Street West, Great Bridgewater Street, Chepstow Street, Portland Street
March ends: 3.00 – 3.30pm Portland Street / Charlotte Street
There will be closing speeches in Piccadilly Gardens between 3.45 – 4.30pm.
The advice from the People’s Assembly is as follows.
The main speeches / events will be taking place at the start of the demonstration. Because of this it’s better for disabled people, or those who can’t walk the whole route, to be at the start rather than meet the march half way along the route. So we are making sure that the start has proper the set-up (including BSL interpreters) and then people can peel off from the march where ever they feel appropriate. We met with Manchester DPAC and are working with them to make sure the events at the start are properly accessible. A detailed briefing for disabled people will be available on the website soon.
OUR BROAD MESSAGE – PAY UP NOW!
The Tory Party’s policy of austerity has created a growing crisis in all our public services. Cuts in benefits, pay not keeping up with inflation, an ageing population and cuts to all manner of services that used to support the poor, the sick and the vulnerable mean increasing demand is placed on the services we provide. With drastic cuts to staffing levels those who are left are working harder and harder. The pressure is becoming intolerable.
THE TIME IS RIGHT
After years of pay freezes and caps, a pay rise for public service workers, whether in-house or outsourced, is long overdue. Recent polling indicates public sympathy whilst the General Election result, and close results in many marginal seats, can help us put pressure on a weakened government to do the right thing. Immediately after the election the Government voted narrowly down a motion to end the pay cap. Yet this issue will come up again and again.
JOIN US ON 1ST OCTOBER TO TELL THE TORIES PUBLIC SERVICES NEED A PAY RISE – PAY UP NOW!