AROUND 300 striking workers, many wearing Victorian fancy dress, staged a demonstration in Bournemouth calling for an end to “poverty wages”.
Local government workers and union officials marked a day of strike action by marching from Bournemouth Pier to the BIC, where the Local Government Association conference is being held.
They chanted “We didn’t cause the banking crisis” and “We want fair pay” and brandished a poster depicting Prime Minister David Cameron as a jester and saying that a one per cent proposed pay rise was a joke.
Bournemouth social worker Heather Cusack, who was there with her two-year-old daughter Robyn Payne, said: “Our pay has been cut and it’s getting harder and harder for us at home and in the workplace too.
“We’ve got to do more with less. One per cent is an insult.”
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