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Monday 19th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

CAMPAIGNERS marched in Sheffield over the weekend to demand that the city’s workers get a long-overdue pay rise.

The former “steel city” suffers the lowest pay rates in the country, according to research by the Resolution Foundation.

Shop workers are among those worst-hit and were a focus of the demonstration organised by Sheffield Trade Union Council (TUC) during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The campaign is calling for a £10 an hour minimum wage and states that the workers could resort to industrial action.

Sheffield TUC secretary Martin Mayer said: “The campaign aims to bring low-paid workers into trade unions and campaign together to force wages up in the city.

“Strikes are a last resort, but if we have to strike to raise wages in Sheffield then that’s what we’ll do.”

Among those taking part were young activists from Unite Community, which was established by the trade union for people not employed in a traditional workplace.

They include students, unemployed workers and retired people.

Unite Community co-ordinator for Yorkshire and the North East Joan Coan said: “It’s good to know that we have such dedicated, passionate and capable young activists coming into our union via our community branches.

“If anyone ever asks us what community membership is all about then I’d just show them the two lads carrying the Sheffield TUC banner at the front of a march to support low-paid workers.”