Edited by: Eliza Fayer
Joan, who has been a retired lecturer for 3 years and is one member of North East People’s Assembly (NEPA), which is a political initiative assembly against austerity, drew attention to the budget cuts of the public services two years ago and organized this event to say no to tax avoidance, free labor and zero-hours contracts.
Joan wants to change the mind of the government by drawing more of the public's attention to the issue at hand.
The NEPA accuses Boots of avoiding paying taxes to the amount of £1 billion, Marks and Spencer of using free labor and Sports Direct of employing staff on zero-contract, according to their research.
“If they pay their tax, we would not pay so much for food products and ordinary everyday living," Joan added.
She believed that the government would change their mind through North East People’s Assembly’s behaviors because she felt as though the government was representing the people instead of big companies.
Another organizer had a similar opinion that the gap between rich and poor was becoming larger and she was worried that the situation would cause future problems.
A participant wearing a mask during the march said that she wanted the government to think about hidden problems.