PROTESTING trade unionists hit the streets of South Tyneside yesterday in support of decent pay and job protection for borough council workers.
At locations across the borough, they called on Chancellor George Osborne to back a £1.20 an hour rise to achieve a ‘living wage’.
In South Tyneside, the main gathering point at noon was outside the Central Library in South Shields.
But there were also protests at Strathmore House in Jarrow, Hebburn Civic Centre, Middlefields Recycling Village, Chuter Ede Education Centre and Landreth House, all South Shields.
As a day of protest – it is not industrial action – the wide range of activities on the day aimed to “highlight the dire state of local government pay and the disastrous impact of cuts on local jobs and services”.
Merv Butler, branch secretary of Unison South Tyneside, said: “This is a national day of protest in support of the local government workers’ pay claim of £1.20 an hour to achieve the living wage for workers and also to make people aware of continuing cuts in local government as well. It’s a double-headed thing.”