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Newcastle backing ‘Britain needs a pay rise’

Demonstrators a TUC March Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of people from around the UK are backing a national march and rally called ‘Britain needs a pay rise’.

The TUC have organised a national demonstration in London on Saturday, 18 October calling for decent pay and coach loads of people are leaving from Newcastle.

A spokesperson for the Union says the march is focusing on ending the run of seven consecutive years where workers have faced losses in the real value of their wages:

“We're being told we're having an economic recovery but it is only the people at the top that are benefiting from it."

– TUC Spokesperson
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NHS staff say strike action is 'last resort'

NHS workers at Leeds General Infirmary who have taken part in today's four hour strike have said industrial action is a last resort.

Edward Barr from Unite, Matthew Barker who is a porter, Fiona Powell, an NHS worker and midwives Liz Furness and Anita Marshall, have been speaking to ITV Yorkshire about why they chose to strike.

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Second day of NHS strike action

Today is the second day of action for NHS staff in our region - including midwives, who walked out on strike for the first time ever yesterday in a row over pay.

Today, union members from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will follow yesterday's four-hour walk-out with four days of "work to rule".

Tony Pearson, from Unison Yorkshire and Humberside, explains that it is to demonstrate NHS workers often work through their breaks.

Trade unions want a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff, but the government says that will cost too much.

Hotel to host party for firefighters who helped tackle blaze

A wing of Crathorne Hall near Yarm went up in flames on 1st October Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A historic hotel that was damaged by fire earlier this month is hosting a party for the firefighters who helped save it.

Crathorne Hall near Yarm is due to reopen in mid-November after the fire destroyed most of the east wing. Around 100 firefighters were at the scene.

Watch: Firefighters trying to force roof in to contain blaze

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'Enough is enough. We need to make a stand'

Nurses and hospital workers across the North East NHS have been striking this morning in a dispute over pay. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cat Rowney, an NHS midwife at Newcastle's RVI hospital, has spoken of the anger she and fellow hospital workers across the North East feel.

It has got very bad in the last few years, we're in a decade long baby boom at the moment so there's more and more babies being born with less and less staff.

People aren't encouraged to come into midwifery anymore because of all the issues that are going on. We work very long hours, we often work unpaid overtime, we don't get breaks, we don't get to have anything to eat, we don't get to go to the toilet.

It's got to the point where enough's enough and we need to make a stand and let everyone hear our voice.

– Cat Rowney

Eighty people on RVI picket line

Turnout at the entrance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary is about 80 people.

80 people protest at the RVI Credit: ITV

"I'm really impressed with the turnout. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic and everyone is pulling together to make it clear to the Government that we deserve this pay rise."

– Rebecca Banks, who has been a midwife for 18 years
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