The purpose is to collect first hand testimony from Islanders of their ‘pay story’; (pay, hours of work, household income, impact of zero hours contracts, cost of living etc.) And the TUC wants to spread the messages that ‘workers deserve a pay rise’, and that ‘pay increases are vital to sustain the recovery’.
A minibus, decorated with ‘Austerity Uncovered’ and ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ livery will visit East Cowes (11.00), Ryde (14.00) and Sandown (16.00) on Monday (24th March). Members of the public will be asked to tell their experience of pay and the cost of living, and to write a polite message to their employer, or the Government, on ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ speech bubbles. Later in the day, there will be a public meeting in Newport at 17.00.
On Tuesday, the TUC and trade unionists from the Island will meet Councillors at 10:00 to discuss a strategy for the local economy that supports business, quality jobs and decent incomes, followed by more engagement with the public in Newport Town Centre at midday.
The tour of the Isle of Wight is part of the campaigning by the TUC, 24th March – 6th April, called ”Fair Pay Fortnight”. See www.fairpayfortnight.org for details.