Union fights for better wages

LOCAL members of a trade union have been taking part in a drive to improve wages for a number of people on low incomes.

UNISON’s Northumberland County Branch recently highlighted the Living Wage Campaign by contacting employers and running a stall outside its office at County Hall among other activities.

Many members who provide vital public services earn below the rate calculated as being required to meet minimum living standards (currently £7.45 outside London).

Joint Branch Secretary Joyce Guthrie said: “Low pay is a blight on too many peoples’ lives. People employed on low rates of pay, often in part-time jobs, are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.

“UNISON is fighting for a Living Wage so that those in work can live with dignity without having to work multiple jobs or excessive hours to survive.”