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Unions lead the way in fight for better wages in Sheffield

WORKERS in the “low pay capital” of Britain are stepping-up their campaign for a pay rise.

Sheffield and surrounding towns in South Yorkshire have suffered after the collapse of the steel and coal mining industries.

Two Sheffield steel factories recently announced a total of 180 redundancies.

The city is also suffering increasing numbers of Covid-19 infections and is expected to be subject to more local lockdown restrictions as the government attempts to halt the spread of the virus.

The trade union-established Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise campaign has launched a petition calling for more help for low-paid workers in lockdown or who are forced to self-isolate.

“Now on the brink of a local lockdown, the lives of low wage workers in the city are in turmoil,” it states.

It calls for Dan Jarvis, mayor of the Sheffield city region, to push for a living wage and higher sick pay for the city’s workers.

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