Dedicated workers who keep our public services going – nurses, teachers, posties, ambulance and transport workers – don’t want to be on strike. But, after years of austerity pay cuts, the government has given them no choice. In the last ten years nurses’ pay has fallen by 11% leaving 47 thousand vacancies and the health service in crisis. Teachers struggle with rising living costs but are told that any pay increase must come from underfunded school budgets.

As the cost of living soars thousands of UK workers have been forced strike to protect their pay, jobs and the services we all need. Rather than offer key workers a pay rise that ensures they can pay their bills, the government is trying to force legislation through parliament to sack them. The UK’s anti-union laws are already among the most restrictive in the world but the Strike (Minimum Service Levels) Bill threatens workers who democratically vote to strike with being forced to work and sacked if they don’t.

Polls indicate that public opinion strongly supports fair pay for our public service workers and wants the government to negotiate and find solutions to understaffed, dangerously stretched services. Jenny Lennon-Wood spoke for Dorset Trades Union Council: “Now you can support the key workers you clapped for during the Covid pandemic!

The TUC has called a national day of action on Wednesday 1 February. We’re organising a rally at the Clock Tower on Weymouth Esplanade at 12 noon. All welcome – come and show that you value our public services and the workers who deliver them.”

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