John McDonnell urges Jarrow-style marches to fight in-work poverty – Today News

John McDonnell urges Jarrow-style marches to fight in-work poverty – Today News


  John McDonnell has urged workers to organise mass Jarrow-style marches as he pledged a Labour government would end in-work poverty by the end of its first term  The shadow Chancellor called on the public to campaign against low-pay and precarious working conditions in the way the men of the Tynside town did over unemployment in the 1930s  More than 4.5m children in the UK are living below the breadline, with 70 per cent of them in families where somebody is in work  Mr McDonnell told the Mirror: “What does that say about working life at the moment?  “It’s low pay and it’s often precarious work It’s not just zero-hour contracts, it’s the pressure people are under.  “We’re going to commit ourselves to ending in work poverty in the lifetime of a Labour government ”    The senior MP is writing to the unions to urge them to launch a national campaign against in-work poverty, with marches and days of action  “In the 30s the Jarrow marchers marched against unemployment.  “What we’ve got to do is march against low pay, poverty in work, and launch a mass campaign ”  Labour would introduce a real living wage, ban zero hour contracts, set up a department of employment and bring back sectoral collective bargaining – with negotiations not just on pay but also quality of work  Mr McDonnell, who commissioned a study into a four-day working week, revealed he felt the French-style system would have “too many loopholes” if put into law  He suggested he would prefer working hours and conditions to be on the table during negotiations between unions and employers, with the fall-back of legislation “if we need it”

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