Campaigners in Weymouth and Portland are calling for an end to poverty wages in the area – now the lowest in the UK.
The campaign was launched with a lobby of South Dorset MP Richard Drax and members of the local Chamber of Commerce at Weymouth College, where the MP was guest speaker at a special lunch.
Campaigners talked to students and staff at the college, who expressed their concerns about the wages crisis, especially for young people seeking their first job. One young woman told the lobby: “I earn £4.05 per hour. I can’t afford to live in Weymouth – I’ll have to leave if I want a living wage.”
To the surprise of campaigners Richard Drax refused to discuss the crisis, although some members of the Chamber expressed their concern and the need for change.The campaign now moves forward with a public meeting and discussion in Weymouth:
“Our wages crisis – action for change’
Nick Clarke, Middlesex University
‘Who is getting away with wage theft – and what can be done about it?’
Dr Jon Orrell, GP and Weymouth councillor
Ros Kayes, Health Campaigner and former County Councillor
‘Wages, poverty and health in Dorset’
Plus – discussion on policies for change. All are welcome.
Saturday 27 January, 1pm – Centenary Club, 21 Jubilee Close, Weymouth DT4 7BG
Weymouth & Portland – Action on Wages (WeyPAW) brings together local organisations, trade unions, charities, community and faith groups. See Facebook. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org