22 July 2017 11:00am–1:00pm
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth
Opening rally followed by a short march through Commercial Road returning to Guildhall Square for some concluding speakers at 12 Noon
- This weak government is deeply divided over public sector pay. Firefighters have been offered 2% but the Fire Brigades Union has quite rightly said this is not enough. Teachers have only been offered 1% despite workloads and pay driving more and more teachers out of education
- Nurses, teaching assistants, council workers, civil servants, health and social care workers have suffered pay cuts in real terms since at least 2010. Many are desperately struggling to try to keep up with rising costs. There is a recruitment and retention crisis in the NHS and many other public services.
- We need to campaign not only to break the government 1% pay cap but also to secure above inflation pay rises. The Labour Party manifesto promised to end the public sector pay cap and use increased taxes on big corporations and the very wealthy to invest in public services. The election shows this commitment has widespread support.
Amanda Martin – NUT (National Union of Teachers) National Executive
Sean Hoyle – RMT (Rail, Maritime & Transport Union) President
Stephen Morgan, Labour MP for Portsmouth South
Alan Dennis, PCS National Executive
Richard White, UNITE Regional Officer