Hornchurch activist marches for minimum wage increase

Nicholas West (L) with supporters.

Nicholas West from the South Hornchurch Labour Action Team, took part in Saturday’s TUC march and rally in central London.

The Labour member was one of the tens of thousands of people taking part in the ‘new deal for working people’ march and rally. Thousands walked from the Embankment to Hyde Park asking for a minimum wage increase of £10, the banning of zero hour contracts, more funding for the NHS and public services and the crack down on tax dodgers.

“It was a great rally attended by so many of us. I walked with the trade union ‘Unite’ as part of London Young Labour team. It was such a fantastic turn out and we made our voices heard,” said Nick. “

The march was to get better deals for working people and to end the terrible zero hour contracts. Clearly from the tens of thousands that turned out to march, this is a very important issue,” he continued. “I think the unions are frustrated by the lack of progress being made, things have to change to. I also had the opportunity to march alongside the Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, which was amazing. I have a lot of respect for him.”

by FRANCESCA LILLEYSTONE

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