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Britain Needs A Pay Rise: Thousands Of Workers March In TUC Protest

Trade union members have taken to the streets to ask for higher pay for public sector workers.

Last updated on October 18, 2014, at 12:25 p.m. ET

Posted on October 18, 2014, at 12:25 p.m. ET

Tens of thousands of workers have marched today to protest against the government's austerity measures that have been in place since 2008.

The demonstrators walked from Embankment to Hyde Park in London.
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The demonstrators walked from Embankment to Hyde Park in London.

The rally, called "Britain needs a pay rise", was organised by the Trade Union Congress and was attended by teachers, nurses, civil servants and hospital cleaners, amongst others.

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Protests also took place in Belfast and Glasgow today, as well as London.

Great crowd in Glasgow as the TUC marches across the UK #18Oct #ajustscotland

AnasSarwar@AnasSarwarFollow

Great crowd in Glasgow as the TUC marches across the UK #18Oct #ajustscotland

10:51 AM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many of the people protesting have been on strike this week, including midwives, who were striking for the first time in their history due to the government's decision to reject the call for a 1% pay rise for all NHS workers.

Tens of thousands of people from across #UK have taken to #London's streets to say: #BritainNeedsAPayrise #tucmarch

Sara Firth@Sara__FirthFollow

Tens of thousands of people from across #UK have taken to #London's streets to say: #BritainNeedsAPayrise #tucmarch

12:17 PM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Radiographers and prison officers are due to strike next week over the same issue.

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The TUC are pleased with the turnout and believe the protest sent a clear message that workers across Britain deserve higher pay.

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People are currently facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times, and wages have fallen in real terms every year since 2010. We believe that as growth returns to the UK economy, everyone should get a fairer share in the recovery.
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People have been sharing their reasons why they think Britain needs a pay rise on Twitter.

At 91 having lived through the great depression and fought in the second world war I will march today b/c #BritainNeedsAPayrise

Harry Leslie Smith@HarryslaststandFollow

At 91 having lived through the great depression and fought in the second world war I will march today b/c #BritainNeedsAPayrise

8:16 AM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A living wage for a days work, doesn't sound too much to ask for does it? #BritainNeedsAPayrise

Maurice Mcleod@mowordsFollow

A living wage for a days work, doesn't sound too much to ask for does it? #BritainNeedsAPayrise

1:22 PM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There are 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK - http://t.co/6wNMlR8hCZ | #BritainNeedsAPayrise to start to address this.

Christian DeFeo@doctorcdfFollow

There are 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK - http://t.co/6wNMlR8hCZ | #BritainNeedsAPayrise to start to address this.

11:21 AM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Russell Brand showed his support for the strikes.

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And even signed this placard.

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