Staff rallying for 'a future'
TORBAY Council staff will be joining colleagues from across the South West to protest against the Government's austerity agenda on Saturday.
A rally, backed by unions Unite and TUC, will take place in the capital to 'march for a future that works' .
Unite is calling on the Government to take immediate action through increasing the minimum wage by £1 an hour, to help low earners and stimulate the economy.
The union is also demanding that the Government cap energy bills, to help workers with the rocketing cost of living and introduce a 'bank of hope' to invest in infrastructure for jobs and growth.
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Laurence Faircloth, Unite regional secretary in the South West, said: "The number of people pledging to attend from the South West has been fantastic. But we want as many people as possible marching in Londonto send a clear message to the Government — austerity isn't working and we need an alternative that gets the South West economy growing.
"I talk to members on a daily basis — and a growing number are struggling to keep their heads above water through this double-dip recession.
"Shockingly, working people in the South West are being forced to borrow £408 on average each month, just to make ends meet."