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Protests against the cost of living planned across the country

A wave of protests will take place on Saturday to highlight the impact of the cost of living crisis on workers and their families.

The People’s Assembly has coordinated hundreds of local and regional protests, supported by unions, with people planning to take to the streets across the country.

Laura Pidcock, National Secretary of the People’s Assembly, said: “There is real anger at this growing crisis. Workers couldn’t work harder and yet life is getting so much harder.

“People can see the inequality in our society more clearly than ever, as some companies make huge profits and the richest individuals get so much richer, everyone has to suffer, making very difficult decisions to try to make it out.

“Older people will be cold in their homes, people will struggle to feed their children, when none of this is a crisis on their part.

Meanwhile, the government is doing nothing and doing nothing to help the people. So we’ll be on the streets saying enough is enough.”

Sharon Graham, Unite’s general secretary, said: “This crisis was not caused by workers and we are not going to take pay cuts to pay for it.

“Why should the public always bail out markets and policy makers? Where businesses can pay, they should pay and under my leadership, Unite will continue unabashedly to protect the standard of living of its members.

“Protests are growing because people are tired of rich men telling them they have to pay for corporate board greed and colossal market failure.”

Fran Heathcote, president of the Public and Commercial Services Union, said: “Low-wage workers cannot and will not pay for the government’s problems.

“Rising heating bills, fuel bills, transport costs and national insurance contributions, at the same time as wages are cut and pensions are attacked, leave most workers with a real crisis of the cost of life.”

Unite members who have been involved in industrial action will speak at the protest in Manchester.

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