According to the ‘Financial Times’;
“Serena Simon, a 37-year-old community protection officer for Westminster council, was one of thousands of workers taking part in the strike action over pay, pensions and jobs. She said she had brought two of her children to the picket line because “they need to understand”.
“A lot of my colleagues at Westminster City Council need to use food banks and payday loans just in order to get through the month.
“Unless we do something, we are not going to get anything different and we can’t afford to just keep on with this pay cut.
“Currently I take home £1,700 . . . I’m paying £780 for the mortgage [and] the cost of food, water, gas, electricity, travel . . . are going up.
“I’m a public service worker, challenging crime and antisocial behaviour, coming in really early and going home really late. We do good works, we just want fair pay.”