A new film by Unite, shows how workers’ wages are failing to stretch to the end of the month, with the money running out after just 21 days before they have to start borrowing to get by until the next pay day.
Independent research for Unite revealed that 67%t of people need to borrow to pay for the basics in life because they are caught on a falling wages and rising costs treadmill.
The film looks especially at the fate of young people who, the research found, are struggling with housing costs – 40% need financial help to keep a roof over their heads.
Families are also shown to be cutting back on some essentials, with 30% spending less on food in order to pay for other essentials, such as rent and transport costs.
As the government’s failed economic policies hit ordinary working people’s lives, David Cameron and George Osborne continue to fail to get to grips with a crisis that has seen the nation plunge back into recession. With no end to austerity in sight, the film shows how the government’s economic policies continue to make the poorest pay.
Unite is urging people to make a stand against the failing cuts-alone policy and join the TUC march ‘For A Future That Works’ on Saturday 20th October in London.
Music for the film is ‘We Are The People’ by Empire Of The Sun.
Unite’s message is that ‘we are the people’ and we say stop the cuts’.
Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary said: “This government’s policies are not just crushing our economy, they are hobbling our nation’s ability to work it’s way out of recession. Ordinary men and women are working two jobs to get by, but they and their families are being hammered twice – once by the bill for the banker’s blowout and then again by cuts to the services that sustain our communities.
“Over and over again this government is trampling all over ordinary people and squashing hope. We need to stand up and say an emphatic ‘no’, this is not what we voted for.
“We are urging people to come together on 20 October and say to Cameron and Co, that they do not have the right to do this to the people of this country.
“If we don’t, then all that we hold dear – our schools, hospitals, communities – will fall further into decline.”
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