UNION members will protest for better pay in Southampton today.

Members of Unison will stage a demonstration in Guildhall Square at 12.30pm.

They are protesting in favour of councils and employers in Hampshire introducing the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour.

Southampton City Council has already committed to introducing the wage, but the union is calling on other councils and employers in the county to follow suit.

Regional organiser Andy Straker said: “Making the Living Wage the bottom rate of pay in local government and giving everyone an earnings boost would not only improve morale, reduce sick leave and let employees know that they are valued after all, it would inject some growth into local economies."