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'Our strike can make Tories pay' - 1.4 million to join 10 July walkout

Join me on the picket lines, says kitchen assistant Wendy Harris

Issue No. 2410

Wendy Harris, The poor are an inconvenience to the Tories. They need to see that we are sticking together.

Wendy Harris, 'The poor are an inconvenience to the Tories. They need to see that we are sticking together.' (Pic: Guy Smallman)


I work part time in school terms and earn £500 a month through the year. I’m always scrimping and scraping to get by. 

The strike will show the government we are standing up together. It gives people power. 

If you are one poor person on your own you can’t do anything, but by standing up together we can make them listen. 

I say to David Cameron, come to my world and tell me how you could live on my pay. 

My gas and electric are £150 a month, I can’t afford to pay bills quarterly. I live in an old council house with no insulation so it’s expensive to heat. I have a daughter and my husband can’t find work. 

If I accept only 1 percent I am still poor but if Cameron gets 1 percent he’s still a millionaire.

There’s no fancy cuts of meat in my house. If Cameron came he’d have a shock. We sometimes have chicken but not the organic ones the Jamie Olivers say we should feed our kids, it has to be a value one.

I can’t give my daughter the things she asks for, there are no luxuries. 

I got paid this week and after paying bills I’ve got £50 left for everything—groceries and anything we need.

The poor are an inconvenience to the Tories. They need to see that we are sticking together.


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