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On Saturday 13th September Harrogate Socialists campaigned in the town centre, protesting against zero-hour contracts and poverty pay.

Living wage zero hours 2 We distributed leaflets calling for a minimum wage of £10 an hour and organised a petition with the following demands:

  • 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:

http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/19178

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:

http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/18373

Harrogate Socialist Party – Branch Meeting, Tuesday 7th October

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The next branch meeting of the Harrogate Socialist Party will be Tuesday 7th October, beginning 7.30pm. We will be discussing the outcome of the Scottish referendum. All welcome!

Note that we now have a new venue for branch meetings:

The Stone Beck pub, Jenny Field Drive, Harrogate HG3 2XQ

http://whatpub.com/pubs/HAR/7585/stone-beck-harrogate

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:

http://socialistpartyscotland.org.uk/

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