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West Country Workers | Issue 8 2019

On the edge
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Research and reports
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The latest West Country Workers magazine shines a spotlight on the held back coastal communities in the region. We speak to workers who are struggling to make ends meet including a young, low paid, seasonal worker facing the difficult decision of having to leave his hometown to find better job opportunities.

We talk to workplaces reps, Ben and Tom, on how they're reviving their local branches including the work they have been doing around mental health and the green agenda. We also speak to two climate strikers on why they took the bold decision to walk out of school and join in the global climate protests. 

This year's Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival was yet another resounding success. Our museum manager, Tom de Wit explains how the festival and site have been going green for many years including powering the festival off solar power only (and then some!)

Nigel Costley, regional secretary of the TUC in the South West also caught up with the NEU's regional secretary, Hannah Packham and the shadow education minister, Angela Rayner on the devastating cuts our schools and colleges are still facing.And Angela explains how her working class roots are in everything she does, from crediting trade unions for her education to why she sometimes goes full 'manc' in Parliament. 

South West unions will have received copies of the magazine for their members but if you would like to order a copy, please email southwest@tuc.org.uk
West Country Workers - front cover
West Country Workers | Issue 8 | 2019