By Elliott Patrice –
The Kirklees branch of Enough is Enough is planning a protest on the 28th of January, starting at 11 am-1 pm, taking place in St Georges Square in front of the Huddersfield Train Station.
Enough is Enough is a campaign aiming to fight the cost of living crisis. Founded by trade unions and community organisations, the group has five goals;
- A real pay rise
- Slash energy bills
- End food poverty
- Decent homes for all
- Tax the rich
The campaigners will be joined by other groups in Kirklees, such as campaigners from the Save Deighton Sports Arena Save our Colne Valley swimming pool groups. There will also be a set of speakers who will deliver speeches during the protest, including Richard Burgon, Labour MP from Leeds East
The cost of living crisis continues to surge and strikes are becoming more and more common, with recent Rail strikes across the country and NHS workers who walked out on the 24th of January. Protests like this one are becoming more common and according to the group, it seems this protest is just one of many we may see in the near future.
Enough is enough Kirklees stated on their Facebook: “With six trade unions representing teachers, transport workers, university workers and civil servants taking strike action on 1 Feb, the protest will act as a springboard for those actions, bringing together all workers to say Enough is Enough!”
Speaking on the upcoming rally, Amanda Pinnock, MP for Ashbrow Ward, said: “I fully support the rally which seeks to shout loudly about the serious failings of this Tory government. The Government needs to do more to help working people out of poverty and those on low incomes.
“This cost of living crisis is causing so much misery, forcing people to use foodbanks and community buildings to keep warm.
“People have seen their bills going up and up but wages are not increasing to cope with these demands. Energy bills are so high many people cannot afford to heat their homes.
“Just last week temperatures fell below zero and some people still could not afford to have their heating on. We need the Government to act now before it gets worse.
“To help people weather the storm Kirklees Council is offering support and advice this winter. Do not suffer in silence do get in touch.”