On Saturday 13th September Harrogate Socialists campaigned in the town centre, protesting against zero-hour contracts and poverty pay.
- For secure jobs with guaranteed hours – Scrap zero-hour contracts
- £10 an hour minimum wage with no youth exemptions
- Abolish workfare and all unpaid work schemes
- Bailout workers not bankers. Stop public sector cuts. Nationalise big industries threatened with closure or large-scale job losses
We received support from workers in Harrogate’s retail and service sector, many of whom are on zero-hour contracts and the minimum wage.
Five million workers in Britain are now classified as low-paid, earning less than £7.71 an hour. While wages have been stagnant, prices have rocketed. Between May 2010 and January 2014, food prices increased by 15%, social housing rent by 15%, energy costs by 35% and public transport by 17%.
A motion to support the demand of a £10 an hour minimum wage was passed unanimously at the recent TUC Congress.
For a report on the TUC Congress, see the following link:
For further analysis on poverty pay in Britain and the fight for £10 an hour, see the following article from The Socialist, the weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party:
Harrogate Socialist Party – Branch Meeting, Tuesday 7th October
Note that we now have a new venue for branch meetings:
The Stone Beck pub, Jenny Field Drive, Harrogate HG3 2XQ
For the latest news on the referendum and the “Hope Over Fear – Case for an Independent Socialist Scotland” campaign, see the website of our sister party in Scotland: