Protesters in Brighton are demanding action on the cost of living

HUNDREDS of people marched through the city streets to demand wage increases and action to address the cost of living crisis facing working people.

Members of the striking unions RMT and CWU gathered outside Brighton railway station alongside members of Unison, union Unite, local union union Acorn and climate activist group Extinction Rebellion.

The protest was one of 50 protests across the country as part of a “national day of action” by the Enough is Enough campaign calling for a real pay rise, an end to food poverty, cuts in energy bills and tax increases for the wealthy.

It comes as rail and postal workers are stepping down in a series of strikes in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Gary Hassell, an RMT representative for Brighton and Hove, said: “Our workers desperately need something to keep them afloat in this livelihood crisis.

“Ultimately the government didn’t play fair and didn’t care about them. During the Covid crisis they were heroes and now they are zeros.”

The march began outside Brighton railway station before driving through the city towards The Level, stopping just outside the Royal Mail delivery office on North Road as cars honked their horns in protest as they passed.

A protester lit a flare outside the Royal Mail delivery office on North Street during the march

Among those taking part in today’s protest was Labor MP for Brighton Kemptown Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

He told The Argus: “I support unions and enough is enough because this country’s current economic model isn’t working and we need something else.

“We have now seen the true colors of the Conservatives, which is about taking this country, extracting wealth and giving it to their buddies.

“They’ve been doing that for the past ten years, but now the mask has slipped and we can actually see it.”

Participants in the strike waved banners for various unions and signs reading “Freeze profits, not people”, “Truss has ruined the economy” and “We can’t live like this”.

Speaking at a rally at Brighton railway station before the march started, a speaker told the crowd: “Something is changing in this country now. It doesn’t change in Westminster, it doesn’t change in Parliament, it happens in the streets, in the workplace and in communities.

“People are waking up. you have had enough You can’t be pushed around. We take back what is ours; one workplace at a time, one city at a time, one rally at a time.”

A Brighton CWU official, who did not give his name, said many members were struggling with the cost of living crisis.

He said: “I have members who are on the brink of homelessness and using boards. We will not accept that our wages and conditions will be reduced while bosses hand themselves huge payouts.”

blankA protester carried a banner that read “Freeze profits, not people”.

Sally, a Brighton resident who declined to give her last name, said she was extremely angry at the actions of the “unelected government”.

She said: “It’s about tax cuts for the rich, it’s about welfare cuts for the poor, it’s environmental devastation – there’s a whole list of far-right promises that nobody in Brighton would support. They are unelected idiots.”

Activists from the ‘Don’t Pay’ campaign, which is calling for an ‘energy bill strike’, will stage another protest this afternoon at the Clock Tower on North Street, burning energy bills and urging the government to do more to help people with the Gas and electricity costs. Protesters in Brighton are demanding action on the cost of living

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