Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride has chaired the inaugural meeting of Harlow Trade Union and Labour Liaison Organisation.
The meeting was made up of representatives from the GMB, UCATT, UNISON, CWU and USDAW unions as well as representatives from the local Labour Party. Harlow TULO aims to develop campaigns around issues affecting local trade union members and people working in Harlow.
Members of the liaison organisation discussed a range of local topics including issues around the Living Wage, and local employment. It also looked at issues around the use of migrant Labour , the NHS and the need for more affordable housing.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last month showed that for the April to June quarter showed that wages, fell by 0.2%.
The Bank of England has indicated that the squeeze on working people will last until the year end as it halved its wage growth estimate for 2014 to 1.25%, below an inflation rate running at 1.9%.
Suzy Stride said
“I’m proud of Labour’s role as part of the wider trade union movement, and it is really important that we work together in order to achieve a better deal for working people in Harlow.
Under David Cameron things have got worse for working people in Harlow. Just last month figures from the ONS showed wages falling. We need better-paid work for a fair and sustainable recovery, something that David Cameron’s Tories just can’t deliver.
The first meeting of Harlow Trade Union and Labour Liaison was positive and discussed how to tackle the crisis in low paid work and key local issues such as Housing, improving pay and conditions for Harlow residents, NHS and issues around prioritising employment for local people.
I look forward to working closely with our trade union colleagues over the coming months to find answers to the challenges Harlow faces.”