FDA at TUC’s ‘Britain Needs A Pay Rise’ march and rally

Britain needs a pay rise           

On Saturday 18 October, an estimated 90,000 people joined the TUC's 'Britain Needs a Pay Rise' march and rally in central London to protest against the Government's ongoing pay suppression imposed on public sector workers.

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Left to right: FDA members and staff get ready with flag and badges; Our youngest supporter Sophia Raza in FDA purple supporting 'Britain Needs a Pay Rise'

FDA members, representatives and staff - along with their partners and children - were joined by colleagues from the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) and Managers in Partnership (MiP).

The FDA's banner was held aloft during the three-hour march, along with individual FDA and TUC flags.

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Left to right: National Officer Helen Kenny, Assistant General Secretary Naomi Cooke and Communications Manager Kay Hender; overhead view of FDA on the march (images by Jack Penman)

The march began at Victoria Embankment and concluded with a rally at Hyde Park, where speakers included TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady, Unison leader Dave Prentis and comedian Andy Parsons.

O'Grady said: "Our message is that after the longest and deepest pay squeeze in recorded history, it's time to end the lock-out that has kept the vast majority from sharing in the economic recovery."

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Left to right: FDA staff with CPS Convenor Andrew Morgan and Chair of the FDA's Equality and Diversity Committee David Chrimes; ARC President Tony Wallace and FDA General Secretary Dave Penman carrying the FDA's banner.

Trade unions in Scotland and Northern Ireland also staged marches to coincide with the TUC's national demonstration in London.

The Scottish Trade Union Congress' 'A Just Scotland' march headed from Glasgow Green to a rally at George Square, while the Irish Congress of Trade Unions' Northern Ireland Committee's 'A Pay Rise For All' march began at Writers' Square in Belfast.