Members of the NBHU today joined the TUC march to support more than one million striking workers from across society, including firefighters, teachers, cleaners, civil servants, transport workers, housing officers, public sector workers and many more. It was fantastic to see such an impressive display of solidarity between workers and there were some inspirational speeches, with most speakers criticising the devastating austerity measures imposed upon the poorest in society. Some campaigns were particularly notable, for instance the striking Ritzy cinema workers, who have been encouraging customers to boycott their employer, Picturehouse (which also runs Cinema City in Norwich), in protest of their refusal to pay their workers a living wage. Although we share common ground with workers from all professions, the struggle of workers in service industry roles, such as those at the Ritzy, resonate particularly with those of us in bar and hospitality work. The campaign to secure the living wage is an incredibly important one – all workers should be able to afford to live on the wage they earn. You can support the striking Ritzy workers here.
Solidarity with all those striking today!