A TUC bus tour of the country to highlight the effects of the Government’s austerity programme on workers and their families is coming to Corby next week.
The Austerity Uncovered bus will be in the town on Tuesday (June 25), from 3pm until 5pm, outside the Cube in George Street.
The campaign started in Dudley in the West Midlands and the bus will be visiting towns and cities across the country until the end of the month. The union organisation said it will gather information from food banks, unemployed centres, charities, companies and voluntary organisations on how the austerity programme is affecting people’s lives.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Government’s economic policies are not working. Growth is virtually non-existent, unemployment remains stubbornly high and millions of working people are struggling to make ends meet as wages fall but prices go on rising.
“In towns and cities across the UK, the household finances of low and middle income earners are under huge pressure. As local services are cut and families see their benefits changed, frozen or taken away entirely, it’s not surprising that most ordinary people believe they are paying the price for a crisis they did nothing to cause.”
Darren Mathews, regional organiser for Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers), which represents hundreds of members in Corby, said: “The cost of living is going up but there are no wage rises. Jobs are being lost and services are being cut. People are having a tough time and it’s affecting family life. People are under pressure.
“The aim of the bus campaign is to highlight the affect austerity is having on everyone.”
Usdaw members in the town will be at the campaign bus.