‘A lot of people are suffering’ – Burmese protesters joined the heavy price of the march.

‘We all need to stand up, speak up and demand better’ – this was a wonderful message from Birmingham and Black Country teachers, train workers, carers and social workers in the March of Living Today in London Joined He was among thousands who rallied to protest the government’s failure to address the crisis.

Demonstrators marched from Portland Place to Parliament Square for a rally that included speakers, including TUC General Secretary Francis Ogreddy, who organized the event. Protesters held banners reading “Stop fighting, not welfare” and “Eliminate fuel poverty, clean houses now”.

Evan Thomas, a care worker in Birmingham, addressed the rally before sharing his thoughts on the current crisis. “As a caregiver, I’ve seen caregivers go through difficulties – struggling to pay their bills, pay their childcare. The way things are, we need at least 15. We need to pay per hour. We work hard, we work hard. We are skilled workers, not second class workers. ”

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“We are doing too much for this Tory government and ignoring it – we are living in the worst economic crisis in 30 years.”

In March, there was Soo Davidson, from the Unison Worcestershire Branch, who lives in Worcester. She said her daughter was on universal credit and, despite promises, has yet to receive a £ 150 rebate on energy bills.

“I am here because I am fed up with this terrible government, its terrible policies and their lies. The common people are in trouble.” But he also had harsh words for fellow citizens and union members. “Our branch has 5,500 members – only five people have rallied on our call. It’s a defeat – they say: ‘What’s the matter, I can’t change. If you accept, you will never change. You have to fight. Maybe nothing will change today but I will go down to fight. “

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Daniel Kennedy, a train signaller from Birmingham, will be part of the RMT Rail Union’s national strike next week. He says he attended the final expenses of the protest, but today’s event was more busy. “I think inflation now means people are feeling more militant and choosing to fight for better pay,” he told the Guardian.

“Some rail workers have not had a pay rise for three years. Many say: ‘Well, train drivers are at £ 60,000 a year’, but in reality the average salary of a RMT member is about £ 31,000. These include track workers and Staff like cleaners, and those who work for subcontractors who are earning the minimum wage. We have members who have to think: Am I going to pay my bills or buy food?

“We are too Strike over job cuts. We are about to lose the jobs of 2,900 track workers, which is more than a quarter of the track workforce. That would affect safety, I know for a fact.

Zara, 23, from Dudley, is a student social worker in Birmingham. This was his first protest. “I’ve always been political, but quietly, I’m afraid justice will be done. It feels like a 100 percent increase. Seeing the numbers of people is definitely something.

John Homer, Left, And John Paul Westwood, On The March
John Homer, left, and John Paul Westwood, on the march

Zara works with young adults with additional needs who are gaining confidence and independence. She says she can relate to him because she is moving out of the family home and will soon be buying her own place. “I’m scared of it – the happiest thing, the biggest moment of my life, yet I’m scared,” she said, adding that the current cost of life’s crises is particularly troubling to her.

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John Paul Westwood, from Wedensbury, is a skilled worker with hydraulic car parts, plastic and fluid systems. It was rendered useless during the epidemic.

“Level-up is not working. Work in my area is not highly paid, high-skilled work. During the epidemic, I was laid off for 20 years. My new job is £ 3 more than my previous job. Pays less per hour. ” He said he knew many other people who had experienced similar situations.

On rising energy costs, he said: “We are being tied to long-term tariffs (through energy companies), or changing our arm because the government is going to do something. They are under pressure. “

He added: “There is a lot of focus on the people at the very bottom. But there are also people at the top, they are struggling.

John Homer from Dudley is retired and works for the same company as John Paul. He has been a member of the GMB since the 1980s, but this is his first march. “People’s lives are getting worse and worse,” he said.

The TUC said there was “terrible” evidence of the impact of the crisis on families, with workers facing “the longest and toughest” pressure on earnings in modern history. Ogreddy said he heard a story about keeping some of his school lunch back to take the children home for dinner.

“Prices are skyrocketing, yet boardroom bonuses have returned to bumper levels,” he said. “Everyone who works for a living deserves a decent living, but workers in the UK are facing the longest and most severe pressure on their earnings in modern history.

“If we don’t raise wages in the whole economy, we will just keep going from crisis to crisis. This cost of living emergency has not come out of the blue. It is the result of more than a decade of stagnant wages.” ۔

TUC said workers have lost an average of about £ 20,000 in gross income since 2008 because wages have not kept pace with inflation, adding that this is the highest “real wage” since 1830. The greater the loss.

Additional reporting and photos from London for Birmingham Live: Joshua Nicho

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