TUC and UNISON ramp up cost of living campaign

October dates announced for lobby of MPs – put them in your diaries now, as Christina McAnea says the union is working to use ‘all levers at our disposal’

Front of the UNISON group on the TUC demo June 2022

The TUC and UNISON are stepping up their cost of living campaigning this autumn, with two dates to lobby MPs at Westminster.

Coming after June’s major TUC demonstration in London, which launched the We Demand Better campaign, the fight for a pay rise will target MPs in their local constituencies and at the Houses of Parliament, with public service workers attending to make the politicians listen.

On 14 October, the TUC will be asking workers to visit their local MPs at constituency surgeries to spell out what the cost of living crisis really means.

The following week, on 19 October, there will be a rally and lobby of MPs at Westminster.

This is part of joint union campaign to make the government listen and take urgent action on pay and living standards. UNISON members are asked to reserve the dates in their diaries.

General secretary Christina McAnea said: “We’re using all levers at our disposal to demand better for public service workers. The government refuses to recognise their vital contribution and is failing to address the cost of living crisis.

“UNISON and the TUC are working together to change that. In October, we want all UNISON members to contact their MPs, face to face, either locally or in London, to spell out exactly what they do to keep our public services running, and why they deserve a decent pay rise.”

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